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Crimini Mushrooms

Have you ever heard of crimini mushrooms? You might know them better as “button” mushrooms, but what you may not know is that these little fungi pack a lot of nutrients. These include what the World’s Healthiest Foods refers to as “macronutrients.”

First off, let’s establish that crimini mushrooms are not actually plants or vegetables. In fact, they are a fungus. However, for simplicity, the World’s Healthiest Foods categorizes crimini mushrooms into what it calls the 38 World’s Healthiest Foods vegetables.

Crimini mushrooms originated in several corners of the world, including India, Japan, and China and are grown predominately today in China. In the United States, about 500 million pounds of mushrooms are grown every year. Many are sourced from one particular area, Chester County, Pennsylvania, which has a reputation for mushroom production.

Interestingly, crimini mushrooms contain both protein and carbohydrates, which means that these little fungi contain macronutrients. In fact, the amino acids, glucans, and heteroglycans found in these proteins and carbohydrates have excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The mushrooms also are good sources of selenium, manganese, and zinc. Other nutrients include:

  • Copper
  • Vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12.
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Folate

Additional Properties of Crimini Mushrooms

  • Heart health.
  • Improving levels of fat in the blood.
  • Anti-cancer properties.
  • Addressing Metabolic Syndrome.

To prepare and cook crimini mushrooms the World’s Healthiest Foods first recommends gently wiping them with a damp paper towel to clean the mushrooms. This is because if they get too wet they will be soggy because of too much water absorption. When cooking the site says to sauté in a pan using as little heat as possible. It also says to cook in the shortest time possible and with as little exposure to cooking oils or liquids. This is so that you get the maximum health benefits from the mushrooms.

Want to learn more about crimini mushrooms? You can read the full post by the World’s Healthiest Foods here:  What’s New and Beneficial About Crimini Mushrooms.