Mushrooms to fight obesity

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Mushrooms are fast being recognized as the latest weapon to fight obesity, according to new research findings. According to recent British media reports, a new study has found that mushrooms are not only a good source of Vitamin D but a diet rich in the popular fungus could help people shed the flab.


Why should I be aware of this?

Mushrooms are an ideal food for people following a weight management program or a diet for hypertensives. They contain about 80 to 90 percent water, and are very low in calories (only 100 cal/oz). They have very little sodium and fat, and 8 to 10 percent of the dry weight is fiber.

How does this affect me?

Mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, which helps lower high blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. One medium portabella mushroom has even more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice. One serving of mushrooms also provides about 20 to 40 percent of the daily value of copper, a mineral that has cardioprotective properties.

Mushrooms are a rich source of riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Consumption of twice the recommended daily intake of selenium by male health professionals cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent.

All about mushrooms to fight obesity

Mushrooms are an excellent low-density meat substitute and dieters are not required to radically change their eating patterns radically. In the study, volunteers who ate mushrooms rather than meat in four otherwise identical meals a week shed almost 6 kg over five weeks, with one losing 9.5 kg. In fact, one man and nine women, aged between 25 and 61, shed a total of 57.6 kg over the course of the trial.

In a similar research conducted earlier in the year, led by Dr Lawrence Cheskin and published in journal 'Appetite', in which 54 volunteers ate up to four different lean ground beef recipes over four days, also suggested that a mushroom-diet could help in reducing obesity. Moreover, mushrooms are great value for money.

Found palatable too

Subjects of the research conducted by Dr Cheskin also accepted mushrooms as a palatable and suitable culinary substitute for meat. They gave high ratings for palatability (meal appeal), appetite, satiation (after meal fullness) and satiety (general fullness.

They also did not eat more food later in the day to compensate for the lower calorie mushroom meal.


  • Also valued as a good source of Vitamin D, just one standard serving of mushrooms, combined with five minutes of sunlight, can supply the recommended daily amount of the same compound

See also


  • Mushroom diet 'could help shed pounds'
  • Mighty mushrooms