Do Mushroom Calories Equal a Smaller Waist?
As we all look for ways to eat healthy, keep our weight under control and try to stay away from foods that are not organic and are gmo-free, I think mushrooms are overlooked a little bit.
I got asked a question the other day about how many mushroom calories are consumed when eating an average portion of mushrooms, say what you might put in a salad, about 1 cup by volume, which is about 70 grams or 2.5 ounces.
You might be surprised to know that plain mushrooms, have 15 calories in a cup. The amount of mushroom calories are not exactly less than water, but certainly not a significant number of calories more than water either. Considering fresh mushrooms are 90% water, I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising.
High in Fiber and Easy to Hide
So if you are looking for a low calorie high fiber food, mushrooms fit the bill in spades!
Not everyone is a fan of mushrooms, my wife being among them, but she does still eat them when they are well concealed in food she does like. One of the great things about mushrooms is that they are high in fiber. By using a mushroom like a plain white button mushroom, which is really quite bland and therefore easily concealed flavor wise in food, you feel full sooner and longer.
Being high in fiber is not the only good thing about edible mushrooms, below is a list of all the goodness that are mushrooms:
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0.2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Dietary Fiber 0.7g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 3%
What’s Not To Love?
So besides the low mushroom calories, what else is there to like about mushrooms, besides the fact that they are terrific eating? To start out with they have no saturated fat, no cholesterol and are low in sodium. And as mentioned previously they are high in dietary fiber, which is great for digestion and to help your curb your appetite.
The reason my wife will eat them is because they are very high in iron, for which she has a deficiency. They are so high in iron her doctor recommended eating them, if she could stand doing it, to help raise the iron levels in her blood.
There are many other minerals and nutrients in mushrooms that it is like eating a super charged vitamin! Mushrooms are high or very high in magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C and in zinc.
Did you know that mushrooms were so nutritious? What mushroom is your favorite?