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By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)

All these years, mushrooms have been completely underestimated. They are filled with so many great nutrients that most do not know of. From vitamins to minerals, they are everything but dull! Plus, they are low in calories. Take a look at why you should be eating more mushrooms: 

1. To increase your vitamin D 

Just like humans, mushrooms like to soak up the sun! 

2. To kick start your metabolism

Mushrooms are packed with B vitamins, which is great news for your metabolism! You see, B vitamins are essential to our bodies so that food (carbs) can be transformed into fuel (glucose). Your body then burns the fuel to produce energy. Pretty cool right? 

3. To boost your immune system

Mushrooms help promote the maturation of immune system cells from bone marrow. From a researcher’s point of view, this will help our bodies develop better defense systems against invading microbes. Sounds good to me!

4. To give your body more antioxidants

Usually, it is the colorful veggies that are known to give our bodies more antioxidants however, a recent study has shown that mushrooms have just as many as a red peppers!  

5. To protect your bladder

Some mushrooms are very rich in an essential trace mineral called: selenium. Selenium is known to help support thyroid functions and the immune system and on top of that, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, it can also help reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

Mushrooms are simply awesome! And, they can be added to almost any dish. Try delicious salad with grilled Portobello mushrooms:

Grilled Portobello Salad
Serves one person

2 eggs, hard-boiled & sliced
1 cup Portobello mushrooms, grilled & largely sliced
½ cup red peppers, diced
2 cups romaine lettuce
¼ cup vinaigrette

In a large mixing bowl, toss lettuce and vinaigrette. Place the tossed salad evenly on a plate. Arrange mushrooms, peppers and eggs in three “stripes” across the bed of lettuce. Ready to serve!