#149 Just Add Mushrooms: 7 Bariatric-friendly Benefits
HOST: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr.
I’m going to give you several hints and I want you to guess the vegetable…ready? It’s good for your immune system, fat free, low in calories, cholesterol free, gluten free, very low in sodium and may contain vitamin D depending on how it’s grown. What is it? What’s your guess? If you guessed the mighty mushroom, you’re right. There are at least seven big benefits to adding mushrooms to your bariatric-friendly lifestyle.
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Did you know that mushrooms are technically not vegetables? They’re included with vegetables in nutrition education but scientifically are classified as fungi. They have no leaves, roots or seeds and don’t need light to grow, so they are not a true vegetable. However, the United States Department of Agriculture or USDA considers mushrooms a vegetable when educating because they have so many of the same nutrition attributes as other veggies. So botanically they are a fungi and considered a vegetable for nutrition.
To look at mushrooms, you wouldn’t necessarily think of them as a nutrition powerhouse but don’t be fooled. Let’s look at seven health benefits to your body of adding mushrooms to your diet. And I’m talking about all varieties such as white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake, maitake, lion’s mane and oyster.
I'll cover topics including:
UV light and Vitamin D
prebiotics, gut bacteria
valuable nutrients including selenium and your immune system
sodium and blood pressure
umami the fifth taste
how to prevent GI distress from mushrooms
recipe for Magic Mushroom Burgers
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