Dissecting Food: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a delicious and healthy form of food as they are a great source of dietary fiber and are very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Mushrooms such as portobellos are also great to use as meat substitutes in a variety of applications. Try making portobello burgers on pretzel rolls or chopping a few up and adding them to your chili instead of ground beef. Mushrooms are actually the spore-bearing, fruiting part of a fungus that grow either above grind or on top of its food source. These facts sound a bit off taste but their inherent texture actually help mushrooms to absorb many of the flavors they’re cooked with while preserving their own characteristics as well. Sometimes there’s nothing better than mushrooms sautéed with butter and herbs to top a great steak with. Some species of mushrooms and mushroom extracts are used for medicinal purposes as they can modulate immune system responses and inhibit tumor growth.