It’s National Mushroom Month!

mushrooms-756406_1280Did you know it was National Mushroom Month? There are so many national months/weeks/days I can’t keep up, but I’ve just seen the Just Add Mushrooms campaign from the Mushroom Bureau (yes, that’s a real thing, I checked!) and their tips on why mushrooms should be your go to ingredient.

Personally I love that their so inexpensive. A £1 a punnett? Erm, yes please. Plus if there’s some leftover on a weekend they help make a cheeky fry-up, not that I’m encouraging that of course… Cheat meal anyone?

What Just Add Mushrooms says about the health benefits of these little delights:

1. Mushrooms are low in fat and calories. Sign me up then.

Substituting mushrooms for a higher calorie food like meat occasionally can be the perfect way to keep your calorie intake at the recommended daily levels, without sacrificing flavour. Vegetarian’s may be on to something there.

pregnant-775028_12802. Mushrooms are great for pregnant women.

One of the B vitamins contained in mushrooms, folate, is an aid to pregnant women as folate contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. I’ll be sure to remember this in five to 10 years…

3. Mushrooms can help to reduce tiredness. 

Mushrooms are a natural source of vitamins B2, B3 and B5, which help reduce tiredness and fatigue. Not sure I’m sold on this one, I’m perpetually tired and eat mushrooms with 50 per cent of my meals.

4. Mushrooms count towards your 5 a day.

Although they are technically a fungi, eating around 4 medium sized mushrooms (approx 80g) counts as one portion of your recommended 5 a day.

5. Mushrooms are great for maintaining body function.

Riboflavin (Vit B2) in mushrooms helps maintain systems in our body for normal energy release, as well as helping to maintain normal functioning of our blood and nervous system, and skin and vision.

Mushrooms are an ideal ingredient to include as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Please visit the Just Add Mushrooms campaign website for more recipes and information.

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