Pesky front-yard grower or extremely healthy superfood?

We’re here to share with you the health benefits of mushrooms and to tell you why they should make their way back into your weekly grocery haul. Did you know that 50% of mushrooms are considered “functional foods”? Mushrooms have low levels of carbohydrates, are high in protein, and have a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They contain natural insulin and enzymes which help the breaking down of sugar or starch in food (a dream food for folks managing blood sugar and insulin levels).

Mushrooms do a lot more for your health than just fueling the body. They have antibacterial properties, help lower cholesterol, and are really beneficial for boosting the immune system. They may even help prevent or treat Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.

4 Mushrooms to Add to Your Grocery List

01 White Button

White Button mushrooms are the most common and mildest-tasting mushroom around. About ninety percent of the mushrooms we generally consume are of this variety. Because White Buttons have a very mild taste, they can be eaten either raw or cooked. Try them in soups and salads!

02 Shitake

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Shitake mushrooms taste smoky and full-bodied, so you can buy them fresh or dried. Caps range from medium brown to almost black. The flavor works great in a stir fry and is strong enough to hold its own with sauteed ginger and garlic.

03 Porcini

Porcinis are reddish brown in appearance. Porcinis have a distinctly earthy, nutty flavor and are used to add robust flavor to sauces, soups, and stews, and can be marinated and enjoyed alone.

04 Portabello

Portobellos are big in size and flavor―rich and meaty. The huge caps are popular as hamburger substitutes. Marinate in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then saute or charcoal-grill.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, grab some mushrooms! They’re delicious, packed with nutrients, and make for a very tasty meat alternative.

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