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The Health Benefits of the Portobello Mushrooms



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The health benefits of the portobello...mushrooms...I love them how about you? According to Healthcastle.com's article, many people consider mushrooms as vegetables but they're really members of the Fungi kingdom. They consist of organisms without chlorophyll or vascular tissue, and they include things as diverse as yeasts and molds. The U. S. farms and cultivates most of the mushrooms eaten in this country, and many of them grow wild throughout the world. Mushrooms gathered from the wild should be inspected by someone knowledgeable about them before eating because some mushrooms are poisonous.

If you are a person who has been ignoring some mushrooms in favor of the more exotic ones, i.e., shiitake, maitake, and reishi, then consider trying the old button mushroom because it contains as much antioxidant activity as its sexier-sounding counterparts. Listed here are three of the more common button mushrooms, i.e., ubiquitous white, the brown or tan-colored crimini or cremini, and the portabella or portobello. The portobello and the crimini are one in the same mushrooms. The crimini is an "immature" or "baby" portobello, and the portobello is nothing more than an overgrown crimini mushroom.

According to Healthcastle.Com, the nutrition tidbits for portobello mushroom is as follows:

* One cup of grilled portobello slices contains:
Calories: 42 kcal
Fat: 0.9 g
Carbohydrates: 5.9g
Protein: 5 g
Fiber: 2.7 g
Glycemic Index (GI): Low (below) 55

Portobello mushrooms contains a serious nutritional punch, they are low in fat and high in fiber which is good for our health. The portobello has an excellent source of selenium which is an important mineral for optimal antioxidant activity and it has potassium and a lot of the other B vitamins, and their polysaccharide and beta-glucan components show anit-cancer properties.

While shopping for portobello mushrooms, be sure to look for the smoother and firmer caps that do not have any slimy wet patches. When storing them, put them inside a loosely closed paper bag or wrap them up inside a dampened cloth, and store them in the refrigerator.

Mushrooms are good with about any meal you can prepare and think of the nutrition you're getting while you feast on these delicious members of the Fungi kingdom. Share these nutritional factors with a friend who also enjoys eating mushrooms and I'm sure they will thank you for this most important information. I'd have to say, "Never leave the grocery store without your mushrooms because they are a delicious dish and they can be used with so many of your great receipes."

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