There’s nothing that sets a meal off right and gives gourmet appeal than a plate of well prepared portobello mushrooms. I’m a fan of mushrooms and love the flavor and texture of these delectable fungi, but also know they’re a dieter’s friend. With only about 4 calories for a medium size mushroom, they’re not only low in calories, they are high in nutrition. They’re a great source of fiber, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and copper. Portobellos also provide a good source of plant protein, vitamin B6, thiamin, magnesium, folate, zinc and manganese. If you’re supposed to boost your potassium intake, rather than eating a banana, go for a portobello cap, which has more potassium.
Use portobellos as a substitute for meat.
Even if you’re not going plant based, you can switch in portobello mushrooms for meat in recipes and save calories. They’re great in a marinara sauce to put on vegetable spaghetti and “beef up” tacos. You can still use taco meat, just cut the amount in half and use chopped portobellos for the other half. You’ve probably already eaten mushrooms in stir fry, so you know they add great flavor and a meaty texture to the dish. While portobellos aren’t a complete protein, they contain substantial amino acids, protein building blocks, and when mixed with broccoli and corn create a complete protein.
Portobello mushrooms help regulate blood sugar.
Portobellos not only protect cells with their potent antioxidant, ergothioneine, they also help normalize and maintain a blood sugar levels quite quickly. In fact, it takes less than thirty minutes for them to act. When the blood sugar levels are stabilized, it provides the ideal environment to maintain balanced hormones that can help you lose weight. By normalizing high sugar levels, the body doesn’t turn unused sugar to fat. One study showed that drinking portobello powder could substantially lower and normalize blood sugar levels in women.
Make a mushroom steak and add the fifth taste to your meal.
Portobello mushrooms add the umami flavor to the meal. Umami is also known as the “fifth taste,” because it’s neither sweet, sour, bitter or salty. Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese scientist, gave it the name umami, meaning pleasant savory taste. It’s the glutamate, an amino acid, in the mushroom, which comes to life when cooked, aged or fermented. It also gives it that meaty flavor. You can grill mushroom steaks and make them even more delicious by marinating the portobello for a half hour first.
- Portobello mushrooms aren’t the only mushrooms that are a dieter’s best friend. Shitake mushrooms can also help you shed weight. Studies show shitake mushrooms added to the diet can help you lose weight too.
- Portobello mushrooms are high in potassium and low in sodium to help lower blood pressure.
- There’s no doubt about it, all the fiber in mushrooms will help your elimination system strong. If constipation is a problem, switch out some of the red meat for a portobello.
- Improve your skin, hair, vision, metabolism and nervous system with all the B vitamins in a portobello.