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Preserving The Nutrient Profile Of Mushrooms

There are several ways to prepare mushrooms at meal time. You can boil, grill, deep fry and even microwave these nutrient-dense vegetables. A study published in the Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition investigates the best way to preserve all that mushrooms have to offer.
There’s a lot to like about mushrooms. Most varieties have relatively low levels of calories and fat. They are a good source of dietary fiber and protein, providing most of the Essential Amino Acids. Mushrooms also contain zinc, selenium along with vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, D and E.
Using some of the most globally available and widely consumed mushroom varieties, researchers found that frying reduces protein levels while increasing fat content and calories. Boiling decreased antioxidant activity. Grilling and microwaving mushrooms actually increased antioxidant values. These techniques also prevented significant loses in mushroom nutritional quality.