Mushrooms are the new superfoods!

Mushrooms are often considered only for their culinary use because they are packed with flavor-enhancers and have gourmet appeal. That is probably why they are the second most popular pizza topping, next to peppercorn.

According to a recent study, mushrooms contain unusually high levels of two important antioxidants – ergothioneine and glutathione – that scientists believe can help to protect the body against diseases including cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s. High temperatures don’t seem to alter their benefits either, so it’s good news for those who prefer their fungi as a pizza topping.

Important nutrients in mushrooms include selenium, vitamin D, gluthione, ergothioneine,  All are known to function as antioxidants that can mitigate oxidative stress and all are known to decline during aging.  

Two quick recipes from recipes: 

1. Mushroom Pasta

SERVINGS: 6

12 oz rigatoni1¼ lb mushrooms, sliced1 onion, chopped1 tsp dried thyme1 tsp minced garlic¾ c white wine1 c reduced-sodium chicken broth3 Tbsp mascarponeParmesanParsley

1. Jacket Potatoes: 

Methods:

1. Make rigatoni.2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, thyme, and garlic. Cook until golden, 7 minutes. Add wine and reduce by half. Stir in broth and mascarpone. Toss with pasta, Parmesan, and parsley. 

Ingredients: 

2 large potatoes

2 tsp sunflower oil 

250g mushrooms