You may have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but now there’s a new kid on the block – mushrooms. Everyone knows mushrooms are a great source of nutrients, but simply adding one serving of the tasty little fungi could increase your intake of important (and often neglected) micronutrients with almost no downside, suggests a study published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition.
The study, which was conducted by two nutrition scientists from the USA, found that the addition of an 84 gram (2.96 ounce) serving of white, crimini, and portabella mushrooms to the diet demonstrated significant improvements in dietary fiber and various nutrients including phosphorus, potassium, and selenium whilst having no impact in calorie intake.
It is important to note that the study was funded by the Mushroom Council, a large organization of mushroom producers and importers involved with promoting fresh mushrooms. However, the study has been peer-reviewed and accepted into a renowned journal, as well as including a large sample size and aligning with previous research.