Fungi may just be the next superfood. Whilst the concept of using varieties of mushrooms like chage, reishi and cordycens to boost health isn’t new, the global mushroom market is tipped to reach $83 billion in the next two years with Australia riding the ‘shroom boom too.
So why are they so good for us, and how do we get more fungi fun into our diet? We share some of the top reasons you should include mushrooms into your diet and how:
1. Immune boosting – Clinical studies have found eating shiitake mushrooms daily improves immunity — in ways not available in pharmaceutical drugs. Studies also found that common white button mushrooms may also have anti-inflammatory power.
2. Improving digestion – mushrooms are prebiotic, which means they nourish the good, and help balance the microbiome resulting in better digestion and potentially encouraging weight loss.
3. Disease prevention – mushrooms contain a class of proteins called lectins, which are able to bind to abnormal cells and cancer cells and label the cells for destruction by our immune system. According to one Australian study, women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.
4. Bone health – mushrooms are high in vitamin D. In fact, mushrooms are the only vegetarian source of ergosterol, which is a precursor to vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for bone health because it helps the body absorb calcium, so these little superfood super stars can help keep your bones strong.
There are many ways to include more fungi fun into your diet, from fresh raw buttons in a salad to mushroom powder in smoothies or even a mushroom latte. Why not try one of our delicious, nutritious and easy mushroom recipes:
• Mushroom soup – https://hopewoodlifestyle.com.au/2018/08/mushroom-soup/
• Mushroom nut loaf – https://hopewoodlifestyle.com.au/resources/mushroom-nut-loaf/
• Herb-stuffed mushrooms – https://hopewoodlifestyle.com.au/resources/herb-fetta-stuffed-mushrooms-tomatoes-zucchini/
• Mushroom, spinach and sweet potato patties – https://hopewoodlifestyle.com.au/resources/mushroom-spinach-sweet-potato-patties/