The amaz­ing pow­ers of ed­i­ble mush­rooms & the best cook­ing meth­ods

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

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

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