Here is an informative article I found by registered dietician Nancy Dell on Boston’s WWLP, Channel 22 News Website:
What are the health benefits of mushrooms?
For years mushrooms have been used as medicine in Asia. Mushrooms are a fungus and many well known medicines including penicillin and lovastatin have come from fungi.
According to a study published in the Journal Nutrition Reviews, mushrooms may lower blood cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and help you lose weight and feel fuller.
Experts at the University of California San Francisco say mushrooms may be especially helpful in the war against cancer. They appear to enhance the immune response in cancer patients and inhibit tumor growth. The National Cancer Institute found in human clinical studies mushrooms can stunt the growth of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
What do mushrooms have in common with humans?
We both make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Just 3 ounces of mushrooms – about 1/3 of a package – will contain almost 400 international units of vitamin D.
So how would we add mushrooms to our diet on a regular basis?
You can add them to everything – on top of meat fish and poultry, in rice and pasta dishes as well as in casseroles and stews. This is one food in which you can eat big portions for few calories.
Do heirloom vegetables have more nutrients?
Heirloom vegetables are those varieties introduced before 1951 when the first hybrids were available.
Seeds of heirloom vegetables were saved by families and passed down through the generations and reproduce on their own.
Rid vegetables are bred by man. Some studies suggest that heirloom vegetables do contain more nutrients.
A study done at the University of Texas at Austin, researchers looked at 43 crops from 1950 to 1999. Over time they found significant declines in 6 nutrients – protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, and vitamin C.
Researcher think growing hybrids deplete the soil of nutrients.
For most Americans, eating any vegetable, heirloom or not, is progress. Some good suggestions for those of us who have graduated to a world where ketchup isn’t considered a vegetable.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat