Australian Mushrooms dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon reveals the surprising benefits of – Health News Today

A dietitian has revealed the six surprising nutritional benefits of eating mushrooms – and why the fungus should be hailed as a superfood.  

Jemma O’Hanlon said not only are mushrooms incredibly versatile in dishes, they offer good gut health, keep you fuller for longer, eliminate bad breath and increase vitamin D status when exposed to UV light. 

‘Mushrooms are such a versatile way to add flavour to your meals, and we now know there are a host of health benefits associated with eating mushrooms too,’ she said.

She suggested adding a variety of everyday mushrooms in your diet, including Button, Cup, Swiss Brown, Flat and Portobello mushrooms. 

‘Add them to any meal and they will boost it, think soups, stews, risottos, bolognese, even pizza,’ she said.

A dietitian has revealed the six surprising health benefits of eating mushrooms – and why the fungus should be hailed as a superfood

In a new study, conducted by Nutrition Research Australia, researchers found the most commonly consumed mushrooms contain a range of bioactive compounds, found not only in vegetables but also some meats, whole grains and nuts. 

Here, the experts listed the health benefits of eating everyday mushrooms: 

VITAMIN D 

Eating mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight increases vitamin D levels – and can be as effective as taking a vitamin D supplement, research has shown.

‘To reap the vitamin D rewards, leave your mushrooms to tan in the sun with the gills facing up for 15 minutes – it’s an easy trick that multiplies the vitamin D content of mushrooms by up to 10 times,’ Ms O’Hanlon said. 

‘You should also use every part of the mushroom in your meals – caps and stems. Many people don’t realise but there is so much goodness found in mushroom stems, so don’t waste them.’

FULLER FOR LONGER

Eating mushrooms has been linked to increased feelings of fullness, reduced hunger, and a lower food intake during the rest of the day, making mushrooms ideal for a healthy diet and those watching their weight.

Jemma O'Hanlon said not only are mushrooms incredibly versatile in dishes, they offer good gut health, keep you fuller for longer, eliminate bad breath and increase vitamin D status

Jemma O’Hanlon said not only are mushrooms incredibly versatile in dishes, they offer good gut health, keep you fuller for longer, eliminate bad breath and increase vitamin D status

GUT HEALTH

Want to keep your gut health in check? Mushrooms contain special prebiotics that feed your good gut bacteria, and can reduce bad breath.

IMMUNITY SUPPORT

Mushrooms are abundant in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and support immune function.

LOWER CANCER RISK

Regularly consuming mushrooms has been associated with a reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer and the progression of prostate cancer.

BETA BENEFITS

The cell wall of mushrooms contain beta-glucans, a soluble fibre commonly found in oats that has cholesterol lowering properties and may boost heart health.

Eating mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight increases vitamin D levels - and can be as effective as taking a vitamin D supplement, research has shown

Eating mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight increases vitamin D levels – and can be as effective as taking a vitamin D supplement, research has shown

Why are mushrooms worthy of a superfood status?

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