Are Mushrooms Good For You?
Coming in all shapes and sizes, some people love mushrooms and some hate them — but are they even good for you? Read on to find out everything you need to know.
What are mushrooms?
Mushrooms are technically not a vegetable but rather a fungus, and there are around 50,000 types of mushroom species out there. While most mushrooms are edible, around 2% are actually poisonous. They contain many health properties, and are used medicinally around the world, prompting studies to evaluate further.
Do mushrooms have nutritional value?
Absolutely! Mushrooms are nutritionally very dense. Properties include:
- Good source of fibre
- Good plant-based source of protein
- High in vitamin D — it is the only naturally source of vitamin D in plants
Are mushrooms good for you?
Yes, mushrooms are really good for you (provided you’re not having the wild poisonous kind!). They are said to help lower cholesterol and can improve heart health. Some types have even shown to help prevent cancer, according to studies.
Love mushrooms and want to cook with them more? Check out our roundup on all things mushrooms next.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.