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Misconceptions About Mushrooms

I know there are many people out there who go out of their way to avoid eating mushrooms. They feel they are not missing anything, nutritionally speaking, by picking out the edible fungus from their meals. Things couldn't be farther from the truth, so I thought I should clear up some misconceptions concerning mushrooms.

Not only are mushrooms a low calorie food, containing only 18 calories per cup, but they are also 90 percent water. Most importantly, all varieties of 'shrooms contain large amounts of an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine, which is only found in fungi. This is a powerful antioxidant that fortunately is not destroyed when mushrooms are cooked.

A variety of animal studies have also found that compounds found in mushrooms may bolster the immune system as well as work to prevent both breast and prostate cancers. Mushrooms are also high in the mineral potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. In fact, five white button mushrooms have as much potassium as an orange.

So where do you fall in the mushroom debate. Do you love them or hate them? Tell me how you feel about fungi in the comments section below.


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pebby01 pebby01 9 years
i used to hate them when i was little, but now i cook with them all the time. i don't like them raw though
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I used to hate gross, the texture was terrible. But for some reason I started eating them. I love the smell when they're being sauteed. Yum. mushrooms. good.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
I eat them in everything!! They help to fill you up when eating meatless dishes!
SarahElaine SarahElaine 9 years
I love them, but you've got to make sure you don't eat portabellas raw.
emalove emalove 9 years
I completely agree with Nicolem2, I LOATHE mushrooms. I have tried several times to force myself to like them, but I just cannot do it. They are beyond gross to me.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i love mushrooms! can't live without them. and i used to avoid them when i was a teenager. i guess something changed in my body, now i crave them and can't go without them on my steaks and souces.
Sarah10563 Sarah10563 9 years
love, love, love. I use them with egg beaters and spinach in the morning for a filling omelet, on top of salads, in Chinese food, in stir frys, I'm glad to hear they are so good for you, I did not know about the antioxidants!
satelit1 satelit1 9 years
Love mushrooms~~ especially portobello and oyster mushrooms.. yummoooo
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Oh, I LOVE mushrooms!!! My favorites are those oyster mushrooms and I also like criminis (baby portabellas) and shiitakes. Actually, I've never tried a mushroom I didn't like. They are delicious!! Oh, one tip about mushrooms...don't ever wash them in water. They will absorb it and get soggy. Wipe them gently with a damp towel and get the growing media off of them. Commercially-grown mushrooms are cultivated in sort of a potting-soil substance...NOT manure, as most people think.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
They've always grossed me out- but latley when my fiance'has ordered them on pizzas, i've actually eaten them. I think it's the texture that gets me the most.
merymery merymery 9 years
I adore them - and now I have even more reason to eat them!
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Love mushrooms anyway.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Yay!! I ♥ mushrooms. :D
mindgrapes mindgrapes 9 years
Total mycophile! Maitake are my favorite at the moment, but I like to eat whatever is in season.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Mushrooms are so good! They are great on pizza, chicken, steaks, salads...everything! I love cooking them in a frying pan with just a tiny bit of olive oil and putting them in spaghetti sauce!
bubblebutt84 bubblebutt84 9 years
I love eating mushrooms raw. Its a great pre meal food.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I love mushrooms, but don't care for portobellos. Any other kind is fabulous in my book. When I was a kid my mom would make homeade pizza, and she would have to make different sections based on mushrooms: one part with no mushrooms for my sister, one part buried in mushrooms for me. I even LOVE canned mushrooms. I've tried to figure out why, because I look at them and feel that they should revolt me, but they don't. YUMMY.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Love shrooms! I think i loved them ever since playing Mario Bros. Lol Power up! Love em. Raw, cooked, sauteed, you name it i'll eat it. But only eat store or farmers market mushrooms. Picking from the wild is dangerous and potentially lethal.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i love portabello sandwiches and shrooms on pizza (love em!). Do not like when my mom sneaks them into quiche, I don't know why!
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I love them! Like many foods, I used to hate them...but that was before I tried them haha! Yummy.
heyjen19 heyjen19 9 years
Definitely love them! I never used to like them, but now i can't get enough of them! YUM!
marygrace marygrace 9 years
i love mushrooms so much. my favorites are shiitakes because of the great flavor and extra chewy texture, but i think all kinds are good. sometimes at whole foods i am tempted to buy the super expensive morelles or chanterelles, but i dont have the money right now. but ONE DAY!
klandrach klandrach 9 years
Love them! Any kinds, any preperation. I think they are a great addition to almost any meal and I usually have some on hand to through into soups, stir-frys, pasta and even scrambled eggs.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I LOVE mushrooms! the more the better on pizza, chicken, stir fry, just about anything! YUM!
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