7 reasons to include mushrooms to your diet


More and more people are opting for a plant-based diet for various reasons.

George Herald reports, mushrooms have been proven to be a super food when it comes to plant-based diets, with various benefits to tap into.

Here are some good reasons why the fungi should be one of the plant sources you include in your daily diet:

The more affordable way to stay healthy
Eating plant-based is often more cost-effective. It also lowers your body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. When you include mushrooms in your diet, you also reap the benefits of it being fat-free, low in sodium, low in calories and cholesterol-free. In addition to these benefits, the fungi also packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals and most mushrooms are good sources of antioxidants, beta glucan, B vitamins, copper and potassium too.

Available all year round
In addition to being affordable, mushrooms are available all year round, cultivated by South African farmers, which means you get to support local every month of the year.

Healing the human body
The fungi is said to have remarkable medicinal properties. Fungi’s anti-inflammatory properties are rather impressive and eating more plant-based in your diet may serve as complementary therapy for many conditions that become worse with chronic inflammation.

The perfect substitute
With mushrooms having a meaty texture and an umami taste, it’s the perfect substitute for meat. Of course, meat lovers will also tell you that mushrooms are the ideal companion for meat too.

Mushrooms are versatile
Mushrooms have been used in many cultures to add flavour to certain dishes. It is also a great ingredient to add to a recipe if you’d like to stretch your meat to be able to feed more mouths. Consider making a Bobotie with half meat and half finely chopped mushrooms, not only to enhance the flavour, but also to save costs.

Mushrooms pack a fibre punch

the fungi is very rich in fibre, which is another good reason for you to add more mushrooms to your daily diet. Fibre is the one thing that fills you up and keeps you fuller for longer.

An answer to climate change
We all know that growing plants protect and refresh the earth as much as eating vegetables and fungi like mushrooms protect and refresh our bodies. Mushrooms, however, have the ability to restore soil and eco-scientists are saying that it might be a solution to climate change.

George Herald/Erica Abrahams