Fresh mushrooms are low in calories (only 20 for 5 medium mushrooms). They are Fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free. Mushrooms are also high in riboflavin (as much as in an 8oz. glass of milk). Mushrooms stand alone when it comes to some of the essential minerals and B-vitamins not easily found in produce.
They contain selenium, an essential mineral that works closely with vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize the cell damaging “free radical” that increase the risk of cancer and other diseases of aging. It plays an important role in the immune, thyroid and male reproductive system.
Mushrooms are also a good source of potassium, a mineral which helps maintain normal heart rhythm, fluid balance, muscle and nerve function. Eight white medium mushrooms have as much potassium as a banana.
Copper, another mineral which has an essential role assisting iron in making red blood cells and delivering oxygen to every part of the body.
Mushrooms are a good source of three hardworking B-complex vitamins: Riboflavin – Promotes healthy skin and good vision.
Niacin - Helps make sure the digestive and nervous systems function as they should.
Pantothenic Acid - Is involved in production of hormones and plays an important role in the nervous system.