Why should you eat Oyster Mushrooms?
Not only are they delicious, but they are also nutritious. Oyster mushrooms have so many good qualities that I will bullet the list for easier consumption!
High in vitamins
Mushrooms are among the only natural food sources of vitamin A, D, B, and B12.
They are one of the few foods that contain germanium, a trace mineral that helps your body use oxygen efficiently and prevents against damaging effects of free radicals.
Mushrooms are an ideal meat substitute since they contain Vitamin B that provides riboflavin, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. These nutrients help protect heart health. Riboflavin assists in the formation of red blood cells and helps your body convert the food you eat into energy. Niacin improves the digestive system and maintains healthy skin, while pantothenic acid aids the nervous system and hormone production.
Mushrooms exposed to sunlight during growth are good sources of vitamin D, increasing bone density, immunity, cell growth, and fighting inflammation.
Rich in minerals
Mushrooms contain mineral salts the human body needs. Selenium and ergothioneine boost your immune system and help battle damage from aging and free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer conditions.
Mushrooms contain double the amount of calcium, phosphorus, and iron than beef, pork, or chicken, making it the perfect food to help reduce the chances of bone-related degeneration.
One cup of cooked mushrooms provides nearly a third of the daily recommended amount of copper. Copper helps to maintain healthy bones and nerves.
Oyster mushrooms are high in potassium and low in sodium. Potassium is a mineral that, among other things, helps muscles contract, helps regulate fluid and mineral balance. It helps maintain normal blood pressure by limiting the effect of sodium. Some sodium is necessary for balancing body fluids and maintaining normal muscle and nerve functions.
Fat-free, cholesterol-free, and full of fibers!
Most mushrooms are low in calories, full of lean proteins, and have virtually no fat or cholesterol, making it the perfect diet food. Oyster mushrooms have beneficial high fiber and alkaline ash content, helping those who suffer from hyperacidity and constipation.
Mushrooms contain both insoluble chitin and soluble beta-glucans. Chitin contributes "bulk" to our diet, and beta-glucan slows the rise in your body's blood sugars after a meal, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Beta-glucan also improves cholesterol and boosts heart health. Oyster mushrooms naturally contain 0.4%-2.7% of lovastatin, used in drugs to lower cholesterol.
Mushrooms contain proteins needed for building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Proteins are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins, and calories. The high protein content in mushrooms helps burn excess cholesterol and fat in the body. It helps reduce the chances of some cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Researchers have found that oyster mushrooms have a number of therapeutic benefits, such as managing weight, promoting the immune system, and inhibiting the growth of colon and breast cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Ideal food for any diet
Whether vegetarian, vegan, or Banting, Paleo, keto, low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, or whole-30, mushrooms are the perfect diet food and can be served for any meal, regular or gourmet. You can't go wrong with mushrooms. Packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they're fat-free, low-sodium, low-calorie, and cholesterol-free.
To cook or not to cook
It is better to cook mushrooms, making the cells digestible and so get their full nutritional benefits. Check our recipes for inspirational ideas!
written by Elsa Dixon, Ph.D; TravelswithElsa.com