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Mushrooms are more than great tasting, they're also powerful disease fighters, says nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard. To find out which varieties have the biggest health benefits, watch this video.
White button mushrooms are fine but other mushroom varieties can pack a bigger health punch, says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Learn more by watching this video.
Neither fruit or vegetable, certain fungi are potent disease fighters and a wise addition to your diet. Though some are more effective than others, we've sorted out which mushrooms pack the most powerful -- and healthy -- punch.
- White button mushrooms: Studies have shown that this popular mushroom has been effective in preventing breast and prostate cancer in both animal and human cells. Not getting enough? Nix the chips or crackers for dips, and try using white button mushrooms to dip instead. They're the perfect bite-sized substitution and can be easily found at any grocery store.
- Crimini mushrooms: These mini-Portobello mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor. If you're trying to lose weight, blending crimini mushrooms with ground turkey is a great way to cut half the fat without losing taste. The high-fiber mushroom mixture works well for any meat-based dish -- tacos, meat sauce, hamburgers and more.
- Maitake mushrooms: Loaded with antioxidants and potassium, these hearty mushrooms have been known to lower the risks of high blood pressure and stroke. Also known as "Hen of the Woods," Maitake mushrooms have a nutty, woodsy flavor that's perfect for soups and sides. You can even drink them! There are mushroom-based coffees that taste the same as the regular stuff, but are packed with Maitake's disease-fighting nutrients.
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