Mushrooms are of two types, toxic and non-toxic. They are in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Mushrooms are in the vegetable category for cooking purposes, though they are actually fungi. Mushrooms add extra taste to the food you cook. Apart from its benefits for cooking different foods item, it is highly beneficial for your health. Here we look at few health benefits of mushrooms. Though poisonous mushrooms need to be checked properly and mushrooms should be purchased from reliable stores.

Mushrooms are fat-free, low sodium, as well as cholesterol-free. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are a good source of the following nutrients which are good for your health.


Antioxidants are helpful for diseases like heart and cancer. They help boost the immune system and slows aging. Mushrooms have antioxidants called selenium.


It is a form of soluble fiber which linked to improving cholesterol and boosting heart health. It also helps in controlling type2 diabetes. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms have beta-glucan.


Mushrooms are a rich source of vitamins, riboflavin, niacin, etc. This all in combination helpful for heart disease. As well as riboflavin is good for red blood cells and niacin is good for the digestive system as well as for maintaining skin.


Copper helps the body make red cells, which deliver oxygen all over the body. It is also helpful for bones and nerves. Potassium is extremely important for muscles as well as heart and nerve function. Mushrooms rich in both copper and potassium.

Consumption of mushrooms is always advisable and helps us a lot in many ways. But it needs to be cooked properly. You can use raw with salads, can grill or roast them. Add them to soups,  sandwiches, and many Italian dishes. It can be used as a main course dish for vegetarians’ diet.