I know a lot of people who don’t like mushrooms. I get it. The idea of eating a fungus does seem weird. Yet humans have been eating mushrooms for thousands of years.
Fruits and vegetables are obviously good for you, but how about mushrooms? Does eating a fungus have health benefits?
Health benefits of mushrooms include:
- They are low in calories and fat. Yet, given their fiber content can be filling.
- Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, Phosphorous, Vitamin D, Selenium, Copper, and Potassium.
- Studies suggest that regular consumption of mushrooms can decrease cancer risk by as much as 45%.
- They may help lower cholesterol.
- Mushrooms support healthy gut bacteria, which can improve overall health and support a healthy immune system.
- They may protect brain health. This study found eating mushrooms was associated with less cognitive impairment.