People generally fall into one of two categories when it comes to mushrooms: they either LOVE them or can't stand them! (We're for the former ;) ) Mushrooms definitely have a strong presence in the Italian cuisine, and we're here today to give you a few extra reasons why it's a good idea to add them in.
- They're rich in fiber. Mushrooms are a great source of both insoluble and soluble fibers. Insoluble fiber is necessary for proper digestion and soluble fiber keep's the blood sugar levels in check and helps to moderate blood pressure and cholesterol. Porcini mushrooms in particular are high in fiber!
- They're loaded with vitamins and minerals. There are a number of mushroom varieties, all with their own amounts of amazing vitamins and minerals. Crimini mushrooms, for example, are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D. Many mushrooms are rich in selenium, copper, niacin, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin C, iron and germanium.
- They can help fight cancer. There are a couple types of mushrooms specifically that have been shown to have cancer fighting/preventing properties. One is the white button mushroom, and it has been found to suppress markers of recurrent prostate cancer. The maitake mushrooms have demonstrated an ability to suppress breast tumors.
- They give your immune system a boost. White button mushrooms (the kind commonly found in salad bars and grocery stores) have been found to promote immune functioning by promoting the production of antiviral proteins. These ones might be a good idea to include in the winter months especially!
So maybe it's time to whip up a delicious mushroom risotto or top your pizza off with some freshly cut mushrooms and enjoy all the health benefits that come along with them! Buon appetito!
Sources: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com, http://www.besthealthmag.ca