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Mushrooms are available and grow throughout the world. There are many kinds both edible and poisonous. Some edible mushrooms have a compound that gets converted into Vitamin D when exposed to UV lights. Although mushrooms are not vegetable, because of their texture and juicy nature, they can be replaced instead of meat in many vegetarian recipes.

Calories for 100 gms of mushroom is 22 calories, with a total 0.3 gms of fat, and 1gm of dietary fiber. Mushrooms are also high in antioxidants. In a study, researchers found rich amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione both of which are antioxidants in mushrooms. These antioxidants are believed to have anti-aging potential. They are also high in potassium content.

In a clinical trial conducted for 1 year, 73 obese individuals underwent a dietary change, where mushrooms were substituted instead of red meat. After a year, the individuals on the mushroom diet underwent major changes. Reduced BMI, reduced weight, lower blood pressure, lesser waist circumference and their lipid profiles also improved. Some people are allergic to mushrooms.

Consult your health expert about including in the diet. Also people who are obese and want to include mushrooms in their diet, please consult a nutritionist or a bariatric surgeon for guided advice.

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