- Mushrooms not only contain antioxidants, but are also a good source B vitamins riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and pantothenic acid (B5), boosting your metabolism and discouraging the growth of free radicals!
- Already the only fruit or vegetable with a source of vitamin D, some farmers have been experimenting with growing portobellos fortified with enough extra vitamin D to satisfy an entire daily dose in three mushrooms!
- Better yet, vitamin D is tricky to include in vegetarian or vegan diets, as it mainly comes from meat or dairy, so mushrooms are key!
- Low in calories but containing a decent amount of protein, mushrooms are already a heart-healthy alternative to meat.
- Mushrooms are great recyclers: they are grown in pasteurized agricultural by-products such as corn cobs and hay, and after harvesting, their growing material is used again as a rich fertilizer.
- Unused mushrooms can be made into other vegetarian based dishes like veggie-patties, making them a great partner in the fight against food waste.
Besides being delicious, mushrooms are a lower-cost meat alternative. Here are some general price comparisons based off 4 oz portions.
Mushrooms Other Meat Alternatives
Button- 35 cents Tofu- 34 cents
Cremini- 46 cents Tempeh- 59 cents
Portobello- 75 cents Seitan- 63 cents
Tofurkey- 98 cents