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Why We Like Mushrooms
Dec 27, 2018

Mushrooms are nutritious and low in calories, they are a good supply of B vitamins, particularly niacin and riboflavin, and rank the uppermost among vegetables for protein substance. But because they are low in fat and calories, Western nutritionists incorrectly considered them of no food value. However in dehydrated form, mushrooms have almost as much protein as chicken and a significant amount of complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides. One of the most valuable mushrooms, both nutritionally and flavor-wise, is Lentinus edodes. Frequently called as shiitake. The proteins in shiitake are self-possessed of 18 types of amino acids, including 7 of the 8 necessary amino acids in a ratio similar to the ideal protein for humans. These amino acids, shiitake is particularly rich in leucine and lysine, which are deficient in many grains. For people on a vegetarian diet, shiitake represents an excellent protein increment. Shiitake is also very rich in enzymes.