Eating Mushrooms May Boost Your Mood
By Keith Donnelly - January 13, 2022

When you think of nutrient-rich foods, white foods probably don’t come to mind. We know we’re supposed to minimize white bread, white rice, and white pasta. But there is a white vegetable that you’ll want to be including more in your site, and that’s the mushroom. Mushrooms can be added to so many dishes, whether it’s a salad, a tofu stir fry, or folded into an omelet, the options are endless. Not only are they delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients. Maryann Walsh, RD., a Florida-based nutritionist says, “Mushrooms contain selenium and ergothioneine, which are potent antioxidants. They also contain b vitamins and copper, which all support red blood cell development.”

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According to Mitzi Dulan, RD, and author of The Pinterest Diet, “Although white foods are often thought to be nutrient-poor, mushrooms are an exception. They contain many minerals, like selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, that are not often found in plant-derived foods.” Mushrooms have a long list of health benefits, and in addition to those, mushrooms come in all different shapes and sizes, textures, and flavors. Walsh adds, “All mushrooms boast an impressive nutrient profile, so while some may be celebrated over others, at the end of the day you can reap the benefits by choosing whatever is available at your local grocery store, fits into your budget, and makes the most sense with the recipe you’re cooking.”

If you haven’t been convinced to add mushrooms to your diet, there are several reasons to convince. For starters, mushrooms could help keep you young due to their high concentration of antioxidants named ergothioneine and glutathione. These antioxidants protect the body from physiological stress which causes wrinkles. Mushrooms can also help your brain. A study published in Spain found that foods rich in polyphenols could help fight against cognitive decline. Even more, mushrooms may have the power to improve your mood. A study done by Penn State researchers found that among 25,000 people who ate mushrooms regularly, decreased their risk of depression. Walsh concludes, “Mushrooms may be overlooked sometimes due to their lack of vibrant colors like the other veggies out there, but they truly are a nutrition powerhouse, especially in times like these, where immune-boosting nutrients are at the top of everyone’s mind.”