Make your winter meals heartier, tastier and healthier by adding this one ingredient. Mushrooms. From the smallest button mushroom, to the mightiest portabella or cup mushroom, each one packs a flavour and nutrient punch. Here are 6 ways mushrooms boost winter meals.
1. The umami factor
The main flavours in food are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Umami is that wonderful fifth flavour profile that comes from an amino acid, called glutamate, being present in foods like mushrooms, parmesan and miso. It’s a meaty, savoury flavour.
This means that mushrooms naturally add a savoury flavour to any dish, so you’ll not have to add as much salt or other flavourings.
2. Vitamin B for boost
Recent research has revealed that as well as all the wonderful B vitamins found in mushrooms, the peel contains active B12 vitamin. This suggests that mushrooms are the only non-animal fresh food source of B12, so it’s great for vegetarians and vegans.
3. Feed your gut
Mushrooms are a great source of dietary fibre. Even better news for your gut is that the type of dietary fibre is mainly insoluble – this helps to keep your bowels regular. The dietary fibre in mushrooms also happens to feature resistant starch which acts as a prebiotic in your bowels.
4. Get your glow on
A study has revealed that if you leave around 100g (or three) button mushrooms in the sun for an hour, the mushrooms will generate 100% of your daily vitamin D needs. You have to eat them to get the benefits of course, so make sure you shoo off the flies. The vitamin D will then help play a part in keeping your skin healthy.
5. Boost winter immunity
Because of the cocktail of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants present in every mushroom, adding these nutritional powerhouses to your meals is a must in winter. They will boost your winter immunity and help keep colds and flus at bay as part of a balanced diet.
6. Smuggler status high
For any parent out there desperate to get some dietary fibre, and natural vitamins and minerals into their children’s diet, then mushrooms should be part of your ingredient arsenal. Finely chopped or even blitzed in a food processor, you can combine mushrooms with mince and add them to Bolognese, meatballs and pies.
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