Do you like mushrooms? and The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

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Do you like mushrooms? if so how to you like them prepared and are you aware mushrooms are VERY healthy for you?
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the health benefits of mushroom

Cholesterol Levels:
Mushrooms themselves provide you with lean proteins as they have zero cholesterol, fats and very low carbohydrates. The fiber and certain enzymes in them also help lower cholesterol level. Moreover, the high lean protein content in mushrooms helps burn cholesterol when they are digested.

Breast Cancer & Prostrate Cancer:
Mushrooms are very effective in preventing cancer of breast and prostrate due to presence of Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid having anti carcinogenic effects. Out of these two, linoleic acid is particularly helpful in suppressing effects of estrogen. This estrogen is the prime reason for breast cancer in women after menopause. The Beta-Glucans, on the other hand, inhibit growth of cancerous cells in cases of prostrate cancer. Selenium in mushrooms is very effective in inhibiting cancerous cells.
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Mushrooms can be an ideal low energy diet for diabetics. They have no fats, no cholesterol, very low carbohydrates, high proteins, vitamins and minerals, a lot of water and fiber. Moreover, they contain natural insulin and enzymes which help breaking down of sugar or starch of the food. Again, they are known to contain certain compounds which help proper functioning of liver, pancreas and the other endocrinal glands, thereby promoting formation of insulin and its proper flow. Diabetics often suffer from infections, particularly in their limbs, which tend to continue for long. The natural antibiotics in mushrooms can help protect them from this dreaded situation too.

A powerful anti oxidant present in mushrooms is very effective in giving protection from free radicals as well as boosting up immunity. Mushrooms contain natural antibiotics (similar to penicillin, which itself is extracted from mushrooms) which inhibit microbial and other fungal infections. They also help heal ulcers and ulcerous wounds and protect them from infections. A good combination of vitamins A, B-Complex and C, found in mushrooms also strengthens immune system.

Weight Loss:
Would you believe me if I say that a totally lean protein diet is ideal for losing fat and building muscle mass? Perhaps no! But it is true. A lot of fats are burnt to digest (break-down) proteins in the food, more so when the protein is accompanied by a very low carbohydrate, zero fats and cholesterol and a good amount of fiber. This is exactly what mushrooms offer.

Other Benefits:
Mushrooms are the only vegetable and the second known source (after cod liver oil) to contain vitamin-D in edible form. They are rich in calcium (good for bones), iron (benefits in anemia), potassium (very good for lowering blood pressure), copper (anti bacterial) and selenium (very good for health of bones, teeth, nails, hair and as an anti oxidant). The best source of selenium is animal proteins. So, mushrooms can be the best choice for vegetarians to obtain selenium.

Types of Mushrooms

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(white mushroom, button mushroom): Widely available; varies in color from white to light brown and in size from small to jumbo stuffer; plump and dome-shaped; pleasing flavor intensifies when cooked. Mature Agaricus with open veils have an intensely rich taste. Agaricus is quite versatile, being excellent for use both raw and cooked. Also available canned and dried.


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(girolle): Vase-shaped; ranging in color from bright yellow to orange; nutty and delicate flavor and texture; expensive when fresh; also available dried and canned. Add late in the cooking process to avoid toughening. Use in salads, sauces and risottos.

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(Italian brown): Naturally dark cap that ranges in color from light tan to rich brown; rich, earthy flavor is more intense than that of the Agaricus. Substitute for button mushrooms to add a more full-bodied flavor.

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(oak mushroom; Chinese black mushroom; forest mushroom; golden oak): ranging in color from tan to dark brown; characterized by broad, umbrella shaped caps up to ten inches in diameter, wide open veils and tan gills; rich, full-bodied flavor, almost steak-like, with a meaty texture when cooked. These are best when cooked in almost any method, particularly sautéing, broiling and baking. Remove stems before cooking but reserve them for soup stocks.

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Fluted cap resembles a fan; ranging in color from a soft beige brown to gray; can be eaten raw in salads but more often this mushroom is cooked to bring out its delicate flavor and velvety texture. Some say this mushroom has a faint oyster-like or seafood flavor, to match its likeness in shape to oysters.


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(enokitake; enokidake; snow puff mushrooms; golden mushrooms; velvet stem): Long stems and tiny, snow-white caps; small white mushrooms are joined at the base and resemble bean sprouts; light and mild, almost fruity, flavor with a crisp texture. Also available canned. Before using, cut away from the communal base. Use in sandwiches, salads and as garnishes. If you use them in a cooked dish, add at the last possible moment as heat toughens enoki.

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Largest of the commercially available mushrooms with a tan/brown cap, it's the mature version of the crimini. Its popularity derives from a brilliant marketing campaign in the 1980's to sell these perceived "over-mature" common mushrooms. Its long growing cycle gives a deep, meat-like flavor, and substantial texture. They are good whole, sliced, grilled, baked, stir-fried and deep-fried. Be sure to trim off the dry, fibrous portion of the stem.

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(cepes; boletes; boletus; steinpilze; singular tense: porcino): Resembles the traditional fairytale toadstool; weighing from a couple of ounces to a pound each with caps from one to ten inches in diameter; smooth, meaty texture; pungent in flavor; pale brown color; very expensive; many general cooking uses. Also available dried.

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(black morel): A relative of the highly-prized truffle; tan to dark-brown, cone-shaped, spongey; smoky, earthy, nutty flavor; expensive and also available canned and dried. The darker the mushroom, the more pronounced is the flavor. This mushroom must be cleaned well when fresh due to its dimpled head.

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  • -Daughter of Apollo- 2013/08/01 16:30:25
    Yes I do
    -Daughter of Apollo-
    I love mushrooms!
  • Jerry Kane 2012/05/07 14:52:41
  • Amelia Quailler 2012/03/01 17:33:45
  • Rar 2012/02/17 06:25:17
    Yes I do
    Ive heard magic mushrooms taste horrible yet still want to try them :)
  • Arjuna 2012/02/12 15:50:15
    Yes I do
    Love 'em. Especially the wild local varieties which are far tastier and more naturally grown. They are one of the best sources of anti-oxidants, micro-nutrients, B-vitamins etc. :)
  • jesika.woody 2012/02/12 02:53:49
    Yes I do
  • James 2012/02/12 02:01:16
    No I dont
    The only way I will eat a mushroom......

  • les_gvt 2012/02/12 00:12:27
    Yes I do
    I eat what I like, If it happens to be healthy- that is a bonus
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/02/11 18:10:28
    Yes I do
    justnotsaying (:
    I'm still working on my cooking.
  • Pat 2012/02/11 17:47:53
    Yes I do
    Yes, I like mushrooms in almost anything. Love baked stuffed mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, bread crumbs and a little butter.
  • painted desert 2012/02/11 17:47:13
    Yes I do
    painted desert
    I do like them and use them in a lot of dishes. Thanks for all the health info too. Makes me like them even more. mushrooms mushrooms
  • schjaz 2012/02/11 17:37:00 (edited)
    Yes I do
    I love mushrooms and wish I could pick them but like the old saying goes....there are old mushroom pickers and there are bold mushroom pickers but there are NO old, bold mushroom pickers. Damn. old bold mushroom pickers
    This guy is very confident. He knows his Shrooms.
  • Hughmaster3 2012/02/01 14:11:09
    Yes I do
    i eat them everyday.
  • Nish 2012/02/01 07:23:39
    Yes I do
    Yes i like.
  • AN 2012/01/31 10:38:05 (edited)
    Good to know mushrooms health benefits
    wow i didn't know about all these health benefits. I didn't use to like it but after becoming a vegetarian I had to include it in my diet. I started cooking it in different ways & now I really like it!

    I like it best when it's breaded.

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  • schjaz AN 2012/02/11 17:40:07
    Send me some. How about a bleu cheese dip?
  • AN schjaz 2012/02/11 21:03:04
    mmmm... that would be delicious!
  • Welshtaff 2012/01/31 03:08:35
    Yes I do
    Love them fried, in soups on sandwiches Yummy.
  • Chamii 2012/01/31 02:29:00
    Yes I do
    best ever!!
  • Keen Tojones 2012/01/30 22:59:08
    Yes I do
    Keen Tojones
    I love mushrooms. I have used them in salads raw, cooked in spaghetti sauce and chicken recipes. I also like them with ranch dip.
  • Kieran 2012/01/30 22:50:51
    Yes I do
    i luv 'em, especially in salads, sauteed with steak and on pizza.
  • Thomas Bryant 2012/01/30 21:27:16
    Yes I do
    Thomas Bryant
    On pizza and other foods yes. Mushroom pizza
  • D.C. Willis 2012/01/30 20:42:55
    Good to know mushrooms health benefits
    D.C. Willis
    I do not eat them very often. But good information DAW!!
  • Kalayaan 001 2012/01/30 18:44:53 (edited)
    Yes I do
    Kalayaan 001
    True, they are not just healthy food. In many traditional medicinal systems, they are also medicinal herbs!

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    Especially when cooked in 鋤焼 (/すき焼き; "Sukiyaki"), they are 1 medicine I don't hesitate to take.
  • Someone Else 2012/01/30 14:29:41
    Yes I do
    Someone Else
    Prepare grill.
    Combine the tomato, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon oil, rosemary, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.
    Remove brown gills from the undersides of mushroom caps using a spoon, and discard gills. Remove stems; discard. Combine 1/2 teaspoon oil, juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl; brush over both sides of mushroom caps. Place the mushroom caps, stem sides down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until soft.
    Spoon 1/4 cup tomato mixture into each mushroom cap. Cover and grill 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
    Notes: Since the garlic isn't really cooked, the mushrooms have a strong garlic flavor. Grill the mushrooms stem sides down first, so that when they're turned they'll be in the right position to be filled. If you want to plan ahead, remove the gills and stems from the mushrooms and combine the filling, then cover and chill until ready to grill. Shroom
  • p18711 2012/01/30 14:05:31
    Yes I do
    especially this one to feed my siss groene knolamoniet
  • SunshineSprinkles 2012/01/30 11:51:09
    Yes I do
    Love mushrooms..didn't know about the health benefits though...one more reason to like the :D
  • VERYwiseguy 2012/01/30 09:59:55
    Yes I do
    They don't have much flavor.I like these though. lol psychedelic mushrooms
  • strawberry 2012/01/30 09:47:40
    Yes I do
    I love mushrooms. I really like mushrooms on burgers, in sauerkraut, soups, especially on pizza.
  • john 2012/01/30 09:04:27
    Yes I do
    love mushrooms
  • ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞ 2012/01/30 08:45:46
    Yes I do
    ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞
  • gothbride666 2012/01/30 08:30:22
    No I dont
    i hate them
  • This is W³ 2012/01/30 07:28:48
    Magic mushrooms?
    This is W³
    Mushrooms rule!
  • MaggotShawol101 2011/03/19 10:18:41
    Yes I do
    Mushrooms are yummy. Screw preparation, I eat them raw!
  • Dawn 2011/03/17 18:57:02
    Magic mushrooms?
  • JULIE 2011/03/16 00:55:11
    Good to know mushrooms health benefits
    I love them but just assumed they didn't have much nutrition in them
    love nutrition mushrooms
  • ZILdeactivated 2011/03/16 00:41:03
    Yes I do
    I like them fried in butter.
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/03/15 07:15:35
    Yes I do
    Myrle Hulme
    I like to add them in some of my dishes and the large ones fried for breakfast
  • Icedragon1969 2011/03/14 22:37:30
    Yes I do
    I love it when the fungus gets among us. :)
  • _Fake Smiles Hide The Truth_ 2011/03/14 17:13:01
    No I dont
    _Fake Smiles Hide The Truth_
    Mushrooms taste so disgusting! xP BLEKKK!!! :X

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