You’d think that after following a plant-based diet for over a year that I’d know everything there was to know about it. I don’t! I just discovered how important it is to eat lots of mushrooms.
In Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity, mushrooms are one of the six foods that he recommends eating everyday. According to Fuhrman, mushrooms help prevent chronic disease and promote longevity. Here’s a list of what mushrooms can do for you.
10 Reasons to Eat More Mushrooms
- Mushrooms are high in potassium, an important mineral that helps to lower blood pressure.
- Mushrooms, especially those exposed to the sun, are a good source of vitamin D.
- Mushrooms contain 80 to 90 percent water, are low in calories and fat, and are 8 to 10 percent fiber making them ideal for weight loss.
- Mushrooms contain Niacin (B3) and Riboflavin (B2) which promote healthy skin.
- Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that help to protect your body from serious illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Shiitake mushrooms have been shown to boost the immune system which may help prevent colds and flu.
- Mushrooms are believed to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.
- Mushrooms are chock full of B vitamins that help your nervous system function properly.
- Mushrooms are a rich, tasty and healthy replacement for meat. This is important because reducing or eliminating meat from your diet is also vital in preventing chronic disease and promoting longevity. For more on this, see 7 Simple Steps to Superior Health.
- Mushrooms are a plant-based source of calcium.
Now that I know this, I’ve been trying to eat more mushrooms. In addition to adding them to pizza and pasta, I found an amazing Shiitake Mushroom Gravy recipe at Hannah’s Gypsy Roller’s Veggie Kitchen.
This recipe is so rich and delicious that I’ve already made it three times! I use it on steamed veggies, potatoes and pasta. I’m still struggling with my food photography skills, but here’s a great photo Hannah took.
If you’re curious about the book Super Immunity, check out Tracy’s review!