There are many different types of mushrooms, about 14,000, but most of them are poisonous, and care must be taken when picking the few edible ones, there are about 200 species of fleshy fungi that can be eaten.
And for those who do not know this unique plant, mushroom or toadstool (when poisonous) is a fleshy spore producing, fruiting body of a fungus.
They are saprophytes or decay fungus, this means, they grow on dead, damp and decomposing organic matter using it as a substrate.
The plant belongs to the family of fungi known as agaricaceae, which comprises about 5,000 species.
Nutrient Power House
If you are in need of natural multivitamins; consider eating some of this plant.
This fungal plant is rich in B vitamins, which includes pantothenic acid (B5), niacin (B3), and riboflavin (B2) plus traces of copper and selenium.
The plant is also rich in protein, fiber, potassium, vitamin D, calcium and more. It has high water content of about 90%.
This is merely used to describe mushroom supplement, extracts and powders that are used for health purposes. They are not drugs that are prescribed for health purposes. This important of eating mushroom is still being researched.
Potassium Rich Portabellas
Mushroom is important for your muscles, heart and nerves, Banana or potatoes are the first food that come to mind when you think of foods that are rich in this nutrients, but mushroom has as much potassium as Banana, for example, two third of cup grilled, sliced portabellas, with smooth brown or tan caps, contains as much potassium as medium banana.
Porcinis’ Antioxidants Powder
It is believe that fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidant, but mushrooms are the highest food source of ergothioneine and glutathione.
Porcinis mushrooms have a high content of these antioxidants, which have anti aging properties. Researchers have proposed that in future ergothioneine and glutathione will be studied in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Losing weight with Mushroom
Another usefulness of eating this cone shaped plant is that it will help you burn some calories and shed weight. It constitutes a tasty calorie free replacement for meat in certain dishes. A half pound of 80% leaned groundnut leaf (burger), has about 300 calories and 30grams of fat, and bulk up the burger with chopped mushroom, it will give u a patty with half the fat and calorie.
Best way to cook Mushroom
According to a 2016 study, grilling and microwaving are the best way to cook mushroom without reducing their antioxidant power. Although, searing or roasting brings out the meaty and tasty quality of this edible plant, the method of cooking reduces the antioxidant quality.