From the Miami Herald, 03/04/2008
5 Things You Didn't
Know About Mushrooms
Margo Kraus, a registered dietitian and consultant
for The Mushroom Council, advises:
1) 20 calories: Just a handful
of mushrooms may be nature's hidden treasure for healthier
meals. Mushrooms have essential nutrients that are good
for heart health and help boost immunity. With just 20 calories
per serving, they have fewer calories than a rice cake.
2) Flavor: Mushrooms have
umami -- the fifth taste. They add savory flavor when paired
with other foods.
3) Vitamin D: Mushrooms contain
4 percent of the daily value of vitamin D. No other fresh
vegetable or fruit has vitamin D.
4) Good for you: Mushrooms'
antioxidant capacity is comparable to that of brightly colored
vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, red peppers
5) Hold the burger: Data
suggests if men substituted a 4-ounce grilled portabella
mushroom for a 4-ounce grilled hamburger over the course
of a year, and didn't change anything else, they could save
more than 18,000 calories and nearly 3,000 grams of fat.
That's the equivalent of 5.3 pounds, or 30 sticks of butter.
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