Mushrooms: How Healthful Are They?

A healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet go hand-in-hand. Consumption of whole and unprocessed food, such as mushrooms has long been associated with reduced risk of different variety of lifestyle-induced health conditions.

Mushrooms are considered to be a complete, healthy food and suitable for all age groups. They are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals whereas have insignificant lipid levels and a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids resulting in low calorific value. The protein content, though varies greatly in different mushrooms, is usually high. They are an excellent source of vitamins especially D, C, and B (Folic acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Thiamine), and minerals like potassium, sodium, and phosphorus. It also contains other essential minerals like Cu, Zn, and Mg in traces.

Mushrooms are also known to have medicinal values as increasing intake have shown to promote immune function, boost health, lower risk of cancer as they inhibits tumor growth and support body’s detoxification mechanism.

Insufficiencies of nutrition have been seen prominent among Indians, adding on more cases of deficiencies each year. Mushroom, thus has great potential as a quality food as in the link below says.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278858

When review the list of nutrition adequacy, Vitamin D shortage is seen to be very common.

 All the fresh variants of Woodberry mushrooms contain around 4000 IU of Vitamin D per 100 gm.

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