(TIME) — Are mushrooms healthy? Here's what experts say.
Mushrooms come in many varieties, all with different health attributes. Here are some of the nutritional benefits of mushrooms.
The versatile mushroom comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors; it stands up as a side and can replace meat as a main. The fungus is a favorite of nutrition professionals — packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Here’s what mushrooms can do for your health, and how to work them into your diet.
What are the nutritional benefits of mushrooms?
Mushrooms are a low-carb, practically no-fat food with some protein. One serving is about a cup raw (a fist-sized amount) or 1/2 cup cooked.
Though they’re small and light in calories—one serving only has about 15—they’re mighty in other ways. Mushrooms have about 15 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, folate magnesium, zinc and potassium, says Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.