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Top 5 Benefits of Getting Your Protein From Mushrooms

Posted by Ashlynn D.

July 15, 2015 at 9:39 AM

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When it comes to nutrition these days, high-protein is king. But if you’re worried that scaling up your protein intake means endless plates of meat, have no fear. Long valued for their meaty texture and taste, mushrooms are proving their protein power as an addition to (or even substitute for) a meat-heavy diet. Let’s take a look at how they stack up on content and quality:

Double The Dose

When compared with vegetables, mushrooms really shine, boasting nearly twice the protein content of many vegetables. While mushrooms are technically a fleshy fungus and not a plant, they are often grouped with vegetables so it helps to know that passing up on the celery sticks and reaching for the mushrooms at a salad bar means you’ve just boosted your meal’s protein content, twice over!

Protein Without The Problem

At 3.5 grams of protein per 100 grams of grilled portobello mushrooms and 3 grams of protein per 100 grams of white mushrooms to beef’s 20 grams of protein per 100 grams, mushrooms may seem like the protein underdog. But with new research suggesting that diets including more than 50 grams of animal protein daily may be linked to higher breast and colon cancer rates, mushrooms offer you the safest protein option, providing all of the benefits without any of the associated risks.

A Quality Combination

Mushrooms provide an excellent protein metabolism-boost. Their precise mix of low-glycemic carbohydrates, fibers like beta-glucan and a dose of high-quality lean protein offer up just the right fat-burning combination your body requires to rev up real weight loss.

Shitakes May Shock You

Remember how we mentioned that mushrooms contain only 3-3.5 grams of protein per 100 grams? Well, that doesn’t apply across the board. When you opt for savory dried shiitake mushrooms instead of other common varieties, you’re getting a gratifying 14 grams of lean protein per 100 grams! When you consider that both turkey and ground beef come in at around 20 grams of protein per 100 grams, it’s easy to see why vegans and vegetarians make this flavorful mushroom a daily staple. An added bonus is in lentinan, a unique protein in shiitake mushrooms that not only adds to their meaty appeal but has also been linked to cancer-prevention.

No Counting Calories

With mushrooms totaling a feather light 20 calories per 100 grams against ground beef’s 250 calories, they clearly beat out meat in the weight loss stakes. Add them liberally to salads, stir-fry cooking and soups, for a delicious, super-filling meal. If you’re searching for a fantastic protein source that won’t tip the scales and can significantly boost your health, make mushrooms your brand new favorite!

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