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White Mushrooms Contain Antioxidants

Button Mushrooms, Cheap and Nutritious

When it comes to mushrooms you can go fancy or you can go cheap. The problem with cheap is that it often seems to be less nutritious. Take for example the humble white mushroom (aka the button mushroom) whose reputation hardly shines for its nutritional value compared to its exotic cousins.

However according to recent research, the white button mushroom has antioxidant properties just like its expensive rivals. What's more? It was found that the antioxidants in the button mushroom are equal to, if not more, than the better-known mushrooms when they measured the respective mushrooms' free radical-destroying ability. The good thing is button mushrooms are available all year round and are cheap, so unless you despise the taste, there is no reason to not add a few to your salad or side of veggies.

Fit's Tip: Research found that the body of the mushroom had a higher concentration of antioxidants than the stalk, so gobble up those caps.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i actually like to cook with button mushrooms so i guess this is good news for me. i tend to mix it up on which ones i use - but when you're on a budget and you want mushrooms, these have always bee a great thing.
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Seriously, I can eat a plate full of sauteed mushrooms. Love them!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ick, no thanks.
inertia inertia 9 years
I wish button mushrooms were cheap for me. Here in Tokyo, it's shiitake that's cheap. My local supermarket regularly has fresh shiitake, maitake, mai-hime, enoki, shimeji, and eringi on sale for less than $1.00 US. Button mushrooms are an expensive foreign delicacy and cost about $2.25 for a tiny package that cooks down to almost nothing. I do like Japanese mushrooms and eat them all the time, but the button mushroom also has a delicious flavor of its own (oh, I love them sauteed in butter) and I wish they were more affordable.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I love these raw in salads and wraps!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Another nutrition note: mushrooms are very high in vitamin B12, which helps you convert nutrients into energy. So another bonus reason to LOVE them!!! I can't get enough of 'em.
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
i can live on mushrooms! i shop at a discount produce place and twice a week, i buy 3, three-lb bags of them. :) yum
Faylinn Faylinn 9 years
Normally I hate mushrooms, but when my mom uses them in uszki (they're like mini dumplings about the size of a half-dollar used in soup) they taste deliciously and don't have that texture I despise.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Mushrooms are great, but my mom always makes fun of me for eating fungus. She won't touch them!
angelina8023 angelina8023 9 years
I think these are the kind they put on pizzas. I'm love all mushrooms especially cremini!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I just recently started to like mushrooms. Mainly the kind they put on pizzas- is that what these are?
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I love mushrooms, i can't get enough of them :)
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