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January 14, 2011

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are just an amazing food.  Through the centuries people have had an affinity for this fungus that is often referred to as a vegetable.   The pharaohs considered them a delicacy and the Greeks sent warriors into battle after eating mushrooms.  The Romans thought they were a blessing from the gods and the Chinese have been using mushrooms for medicinal purposes for centuries.  Recent studies have confirmed that mushroooms do have antic cancer properties.

If you are estrogen dominant, which is a common condition for middle aged women, mushrooms have an enzyme which will inhibit the production of this hormone.  The fiber and certain enzymes found in mushrooms help to control  cholesterol levels.  If you are diabetic, mushrooms are a great source of natural insulin.  All of this makes it easy to understand why the men in the Super Mario Brothers video games, ate mushrooms for energy and protective powers.



Here are some more basic nutrients found in the common white cap mushroom:
selenium 
Vitamin B6, B2, B3 and B5
potassium (1/2 med shitake mushroom = 1 banana)
phosphorus
magnessium
zinc
In addition to this, mushrooms add great flavor to salads, casseroles and soups.  I love to add them to my scrambled eggs with fresh spinach.  What a powerful way to start the day!  I’ll post that recipe tomorrow.  
If you’d like to read more about mushrooms and why they are so good for us here is a link:  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=97
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