Low in carbohydrates and calories, mushrooms are a concentrate of vitamins and minerals. Paris mushrooms, chanterelles, morels, boletus or porcini mushrooms… Don't hesitate to taste the different varieties to find your favorite and enjoy their health benefits.

If cultivated mushrooms are found on the stalls all year round, autumn, the wet season, is their favorite period. Gathering junkies can pack their baskets (and contact their pharmacist) and head out to collect them from the wild, so here are some great reasons to enjoy all your favorite, nutrient-dense, low-calorie mushrooms.

 Rich in iron, minerals and B vitamins

The only plant to make vitamin D, mushrooms also contain a high dose of protein, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B5. With these nutrients, our bodies fight against winter depression, strengthen their bones, boost their immune system and maintain healthy skin. Among the list of nutrients in mushrooms are also iron, zinc, copper and selenium. Enough to make us want to prepare a good pan for dinner!

Mushrooms are slimming allies

Mushrooms are low carbohydrate foods that are virtually fat free. Composed of 80% or 90% water, they contain very few calories (30 calories per 100 g on average).

Thanks to their good amount of fiber, they contribute to the feeling of satiety thus limiting the cravings for snacking.

Another advantage: mushrooms stimulate the metabolism. Vitamins thus help to convert food into energy for the body, and to better burn fat and proteins. Cooked in salads, soups, or sautéed in a pan, they adapt to all our culinary desires and help us stay in shape.

Food good for the immune system

Some work has shown that the white fungus stimulates the immune response by increasing the production of antiviral proteins capable of protecting and repairing body tissues. Nothing better to fight against viruses and avoid diseases linked to the change of seasons.

Consuming mushrooms would also protect against bladder cancer, especially in women, and help fight free radicals thanks to its antioxidants.

 Which mushrooms for which health benefits?

There are thousands of varieties of mushrooms, many of which have different nutritional profiles.

Button mushrooms are the ones that contain the most potassium. Containing 94% water, they are also very low in energy. An asset for the line!
Cremini and Portobello mushrooms contain the most antioxidant ergothioneine.
Oyster mushrooms and shiitakes are the highest in fiber.
Raw maitake mushrooms are among the richest in vitamin D.

Conclusion: choose the mushroom that you like, and that you want to eat regularly. No matter which type you prefer, they all offer different benefits as long as you are sure they are sourced and non-toxic.

How to taste mushrooms? As an omelet, raw in a salad, sautéed in a pan with a little oil, in soup ... don't hesitate to try different kinds and different cookings to see what you like best. With their taste and texture particularly similar to meat, mushrooms can be blended to form tasty dumplings or steaks that allow you to reduce your consumption of animal products.