Having played an integral role in the Asian and European diet for years, gourmet mushrooms have just recently started making their way into the American diet. Gourmet mushrooms are rapidly increasing in popularity for their high nutritional content, powerful medicinal qualities, and of course, their delectable umami taste.
Gourmet mushrooms, which include elm oyster, blue oyster, shiitake, lion’s mane, turkey tail, aspen oyster, and phoenix fir oyster, are/have:
- No fat
- Low sodium
- No cholesterol
- No caffeine
- No gluten
- Low in calories
- Good source of potassium
- Good source of riboflavin
- High in niacin
- Good source of pantothenic acid
- Good source of phosphorus
- Good source of copper
- Has 18 different amino acids
- Contains 1,3/1,6 Beta-Glucans
- Boosts the immune system¹
- Supports healthy liver, kidneys, and lungs¹
- Contains ergosterol, which converts to vitamin D when exposed to the sun
¹ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Gourmet mushrooms are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
As you can see, gourmet mushrooms are chock-full of nutritional value… and that is only the beginning. Some people eat gourmet mushrooms just for their delectable taste. A fantastic substitute for meat, the gourmet mushroom is a favorite among vegetarians. More top-end restaurants are beginning to offer dishes that include gourmet mushrooms because of their savory and versatile flavor. Easy to cook by simply sautéing, gourmet mushrooms are delicious alone or in any recipe that calls for mushrooms.
If you haven’t already done so, there is no time like the present to try gourmet mushrooms! If you already have, now you have even more reason to make them a regular part of your diet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF MUSHROOMS, CLICK HERE: HEALTH BENEFITS and view any number of articles that contain the most peer-reviewed research.
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
Source: Stamets, Paul. Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, Third Edition. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1993. 201-441.
Source: Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2005. 38-39.
Source: The Mushroom Growers’ Newsletter XXI (Dec. 2012)
Source: The Mushroom Growers’ Newsletter XXI (Feb. 2013)