If you want an easy-to-digest food ingredient that can be prepared quickly, is satiating and healthy, mushrooms may be exactly what you are looking for. Many nutritionists recommend them even to those who are into vegetarian diets, since they have a texture nutritious enough to be able to replace meat.
There are an extremely large number of varieties of mushrooms around the world, of which more than 100,000 are considered edible and medically valuable. Among the most popular are Pleurotus (the oyster mushroom), Agaricus bisporus (Champignon) and Cantharellus. Some of the most expensive and rare are truffles, considered true delicacies in the culinary world.
Most varieties of mushrooms contain 98% of the same substances, the differences being made by the water content, but also by the place where they grow and the intake of natural light. They contain fiber, vitamins B1, B2; B3, B5, B6, B9, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. They are also rich in water, although, at first glance, they may seem quite dry.
According to distributors who cultivate Golden Teachers mushrooms for research purposes, Fungi have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antiseptic and antibacterial effects.
The healthiest mushrooms that you may want to include in your diet include:
Agaricus bisporus – A mentioned above, they are some of the most well-known edible mushrooms and are also recognized for their health benefits. They have the role of stimulating and increasing the body’s immunity.
Miitake and Shiitake mushrooms – These are renowned for their antitumoral properties, being also used for treating certain heart conditions and to increase the body’s resistance against viral infections.