The amazing powers of edible mushrooms & the best cooking methods
Research in the last few years has shown mushrooms to be much more than just something you add to your cooking to give it good flavour.
A 2010 study found portobello, oyster and white button mushrooms significantly suppressed breast cancer cell growth and reproduction.
“This suggests that both common and specialty mushrooms may be chemoprotective against breast cancer.”
Source: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1258/ ebm. 2010.010113
Other research on lentinan, found in shiitake mushrooms, shows it may help extend the survival of some patients undergoing chemotheraphy by enhancing the immune system.
Mushrooms also contain good levels of chitin and beta-glucan, fibres that lower cholesterol, and they are cholestoral-free.
To get the full benefit, you need to cook mushrooms to break down their tough cell walls, and to destroy any toxins and compounds that make digestion difficult.
A 2017 study found microwaving and grilling mushrooms is the healthiest way to cook them, maintaining the most nutrients.
Source: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0963748 6.2016.1244662