Mushrooms are among the most versatile foods in the world, making a valuable addition to a wide range of foods, from pizza and pasta to meat pies, salads, and sandwiches. Much of their appeal is due to their generally mild, neutral flavor and their affordable pricing, with the latter due to the ability to grow them year-round in a variety of climate types.
But there’s more to mushrooms than great taste and affordability. They’re also remarkably good for you, with their consumption helping boost the health of the immune system and major organs, including the heart. So, let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of eating mushrooms.
1. Heart Helper
With obesity becoming a growing problem in North America, there’s no sign that we’ll soon win the fight against heart disease. Currently, it’s the world’s number-one cause of death; often, it’s the result of problematic life decisions — such as failing to get enough physical exercise or eating unhealthy foods — but it can also result from a family history of heart health issues.
Mushrooms can offer some help, though. Although it’s unlikely that eating mushrooms would be enough to prevent the onset of heart disease, adding more of them to your diet — in addition to making other positive heart-healthy changes — could play a factor in decreasing the chances of developing heart-related health issues. Specifically, research has shown that consuming mushrooms can help fight inflammation, which may help boost the overall functionality of the heart.