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Foods to Stop Avoiding: Mushrooms

Just like anything else foods can get a bad reputation. The thing about reputations is that they can be repaired and scientist are working round the clock to make sure we're not skipping out on foods just because we've heard it through the grapevine that they're bad. Mushrooms, avocados, peanuts, eggs, and coffee top the list of foods with the worst reputations to stop avoiding.

Here are highlights on why you should stop avoiding mushrooms:

  • Mushrooms
    Misconception: Mushrooms are a low-calorie food with little nutritional benefit.
    Why they're good for you: They may be 90 percent water and have only 18 calories per cup, but mushrooms are getting serious scientific attention. Laboratory reports and animal studies show that compounds in mushrooms may do everything from bolster immune function to suppress breast and prostate cancers and decrease tumor size. And now, Penn State researchers found that mushrooms, from the humble button to the giant portobello, harbor large amounts of an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine. The scientific buzz is that fungi, for the moment, are the only foods that contain this compound.


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I could live on mushrooms alone. every single kind. raw or cooked.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Yay! I love mushrooms. Good to know I'm getting all this good stuff from them, because I put them in just about anything I can sneak them into. :P
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I never had heard they were bad, so I've always eaten them because I LOVE them!!! It's good to know that they offer a lot of nutritional benefits as well though.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I hate mushrooms. When I was a kid my parents would make a casserole with cream of mushroom soup in it. I'd pick out the tiniest bits of mushroom (or anything that looked like mushroom). Drove my parents nuts.....
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I love mushrooms! Yum yum yum. I add them to everything. =D
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I absolutely LOVE mushrooms! Raw, cooked, sauteed ... in salads, in gravies, in stews/soups, in pastas ... stuffed, sliced, whole ... you name it! YUM!!
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
i used to hate them, but now i actually like them - but only when cooked. i hate raw mushrooms in salads
emalove emalove 9 years
I agree...mushrooms are just GROSS. I've tried several times to "force" myself to like them. It just isn't happening. They're probably #1 on my most hated foods list.
susanec susanec 9 years
Slimy dirt.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
blech I hate mushrooms. they taste like dirt to me
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