High in antioxidants and packed with vitamins and minerals, mushrooms are rising up the superfood charts. Incorporating them into your diet – or as an alternative to your morning coffee – may not only boost your immune system but also give your skin a healthy glow, keep your heart healthy and a lot more.
Although we think of them as vegetables, mushrooms are not technically plants – they belong to the fungi kingdom. And they bust the commonly held nutritional yardstick that a food that lacks colour also lacks necessary nutrients.
“Usually it’s the brightly coloured vegetables that are packed with antioxidants – think of pomegranates – so brown mushrooms you wouldn’t expect to be so powerful in terms of nutrients, they are an exception,” says Lawrence Tredrea, a nutritionist and naturopath at the Integrated Medicine Institute in Central.