Mushrooms may be small in size, but they’re mighty in nutrition. From button and portobello to Asian varieties like shiitake and enoki, we’re spoilt for choice. Here are five great health (and flavour) benefits mushrooms provide.
1. Strong bones
When exposed to midday UV sunlight, mushrooms become carriers of vitamin D, which is essential for good bone health.
2. Light and lovely
One cup of raw mushrooms has just 73kJ (17cal), so they’re a delicious low-calorie way to bulk up salads and stir-fries.
3. Flavour enhancer
Mushrooms are naturally high in glutamate, which contributes to their rich, savoury flavour (also known as umami). Using them in your dishes will deepen and enhance their flavours.
4. Energiser buttons
Mushrooms provide a raft of energising, stress-relieving B-group vitamins, including niacin and riboflavin.
5. Gut goodness
One cup of mushrooms contains just over 1g of fibre, helping to support a happy, healthy gut.
Mushroom recipes you might be interested in:
- Open steak sandwich with balsamic mushrooms
- Crispy sesame-crusted mushroom bowl
- Vegan pineapple and mushroom fried rice
- Spicy tofu with mushrooms and pak choi
- Beef and mushroom stroganoff with garlic spinach and beans
- Cheesy mushroom and eggplant pasta
- Creamy mushroom, chicken and cauliflower pasta bake
- Chicken and mushroom Provençal