A favorite dish on our tables, mushrooms are full of health benefits. Vanessa Bedjaï-Haddad, dietitian-nutritionist, reveals all her secrets to us.
Mushrooms, these seasonal allies
In salad, in soup or in the pan, mushrooms – these organisms as good as they are beautiful – combine qualities in the kitchen. Rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, they consist mainly of water.
“They are made up of 90% water, which therefore makes them very low-calorie foods and therefore interesting when you are watching your figure.”confides Vanessa Bedjaï-Haddad, nutritionist.
But mushrooms have many other benefits, as listed below.
Mushrooms are very low in calories
“One hundred grams of mushrooms provide only around ten calories. These are super slimming and healthy foods“, assures the expert.
Mushrooms do not contain carbohydrates
“They do not contain sugar, making them a food of choice for diabetics“, says Vanessa Bedjaï-Haddad.
Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D
On a micro-nutritional level, the mushroom is an excellent source of vitamin D.”However, this is essential since it allows calcium to be fixed on the bones.“, reveals the expert.
Mushrooms are rich in fiber
Another good point about mushrooms: “They are rich in prebiotic fibers, which are very interesting since they help nourish the microbiota and therefore ensure a balanced intestinal ecosystem.“, attests the dietitian-nutritionist.
Mushrooms boost immunity
“The fibers of the mushrooms will activate certain immune cells, the macrophages which defend the body against infections.“, explains the expert.
Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants
“Mushrooms are full of vitamin B and selenium, two powerful antioxidants which will help support the immune system and limit the action of free radicals on the body.“, assure Vanessa Bedjaï-Haddad.
Mushrooms are rich in protein
“Finally, while the majority of vegetables contain between 1 and 2% protein, mushrooms contain almost 3%. It is therefore an interesting source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.“, concludes the nutrition specialist.