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Nature's Treasure: Mushrooms

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Weight loss and me have been enemies ever since. Calories..oh! They are so difficult to get rid off. For a foodie like me who’d drool over any good-looking food, I can fall in love with every second dish. Calories weigh a lot when one wants to achieve weight loss.

But cutting calories takes away the taste. Not until I tried replacing majority of high calorie stuff with mushrooms. They are nature’s answer to weight loss. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories and contain virtually zero fat. One cup of most varieties of mushrooms contain 45 calories or less.

Mushrooms have a peculiar taste and they can easily replace meat especially beef. In fact scientists have worked out of its weight loss capabilities only to find out that when replaced with bee, meat-eating people of various sizes they were just as filling and contained far less calories. Those people never even returned to the original meat versions. Also people on a low-carbohydrate mushroom-based diet lose more weight and have healthier blood-lipid profiles than those on a typical low-carb diet. That’s wonderful.

This fungus is also a treasure trove of nutrients, quite unlike non-vegetarian, making them very appropriate for vegans and vegetarians. They are rich in iron, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and antioxidants. They are also rich in protein, Vitamin D and B-12, and loads of fiber to keep your system running just the way it should.

A good example of replacing a high-energy density food with a low-energy one is replacing hamburger meat with a large Portobello mushroom on a burger. Portobello are shaped like a burger and have a meaty, heavy texture that’s filling. Many restaurants offer Portobello mushroom burgers as a vegetarian option on their menu. I like to marinate and grill large Portobello; how do you prepare you favorite mushrooms?

Tips:

  1. Always try and cook mushrooms for they are higher in nutrients and cooking removes toxic natural compounds in raw mushrooms.
  2. Always buy from authentic sources and never pick them up yourselves.
  3. Never wash them instead wipe with a damp cloth
  4. Use the stems for soups
  5. Go easy on oil if you sauté them. They have great absorbing powers.

Calories in Mushrooms: 4 oz/100g = 13 calories

Happy weight-loss!

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