- The word mushroom is derived from the Frankish word mussiriones referring to the meadow mushroom and from the French mousseron meaning growing on moist moss.
- Mushrooms are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat and sodium.
- Mushrooms also contain other essential minerals like Selenium, which works with Vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize "free radicals" which can cause cell damage.
- Mushrooms are good sources of three essential B-vitamins: riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid.
- Since mushrooms do not need sunlight to grow, they are available from farms year-round.
- Mushrooms are an under-recognized source of potassium, an element that helps regulate blood pressure, helps keep the right balance of water in fat and muscle tissues, and helps ensure the proper functioning of cells.
- Mushrooms are available fresh, dried and in powder form.
- Never eat wild mushrooms