Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain and Bones

 White bread, rice, and pasta aren't the healthiest ingredients. But mushrooms—white treats—should be on your plate .

 According to Florida dietitian Maryann Walsh, RD, mushrooms are nutty-flavored and nutrient-dense whether cooked in a spinach salad, stir-fry, or omelet.   

 "Mushrooms contain selenium and ergothioneine, which are potent antioxidants," he says.   

 "They also contain b vitamins and copper, which all support red blood cell development."  

 "Although white foods are often thought to be nutrient-poor, mushrooms are an exception," says Pinterest Diet author Mitzi Dulan, RD.  

 "They contain many minerals, like selenium, potassium, copper, iron and phosphorus, that are not often found in plant-derived foods."  

 Another benefit of mushrooms is their variety of textures and flavors, from meaty portobellos to earthy hen-of-the-woods to delicate chanterelles.  

 "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," he says.  

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