Sep 11, 2009

Soule Restaurant Food Facts: Mushrooms

One popular belief that bears no truth is that mushrooms have no nutritional value.
Yet, mushrooms have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal powers.

They remain popular in China, particularly for their health benefits, and in ancient times were prized by the Pharoahs’, Greeks and Romans as delicacies and for energy before battles.

Mushrooms are often misclassified as a vegetable or herb, but in actuality, they are part of the fungi family.

They are relatively high in protein, and are often used by vegetarians as a meat substitute due to this quality and its somewhat meaty texture. They are also an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower elevated blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Other nutrients include riboflavin, niacin and selenium.

Even more interesting, Phytochemicals found in some mushrooms are now being studied as possible cancer-fighting substances, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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