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Not only are mushrooms delicious, they are considered to have considerable health benefits.

Many mushrooms are also good sources of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. Crimini mushrooms contain vitamin D, and are also one of the few foods that contain germanium, a trace mineral that helps your body use oxygen efficiently and prevents against damaging effects of free radicals. Additionally, mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron. Unlike many vegetables, you get more of the nutritional benefits of mushrooms if you cook them because their cells walls are undigestible unless exposed to heat.

button mushroomsMushrooms are a good source of both insoluble and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is crucial to proper digestion, while soluble fiber can slow the rise in your body’s blood sugars after a meal and can also help moderate your blood pressure and cholesterol. A 2014 study concluded that all mushrooms are good sources of dietary fiber.

There is also evidence that certain types of mushrooms help suppress some cancers

So add some mushrooms to your roasting pan, slice some up in your salads and stir-fry.  They add to the taste and help improve your health.

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