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You can
always count on the earthy richness of mushrooms to make any dish taste extra
savory. But did you know these chewy goodies are technically not vegetables?
Mushrooms are actually members of kingdom fungi. Don’t let that throw you off,
though, since they’re still bursting with nutrition. In fact, they may even be
better than some veggies since they contain nutrients found in different food
groups.[i]

If you
want to enjoy the simple flavor of mushrooms, then this
Easy Slow Cooker Garlic Mushrooms
recipe from Paleohacks
is something that you should try. It’s a fantastic side
dish that’s absolutely effortless to make. Pair it with your lunch or dinner
for a tasty and hearty meal.

Ingredients:

1
pound cremini
mushrooms

2/3
cup organic vegetable stock

2
tablespoons grass fed butter

2
tablespoons
garlic, minced

2
sprigs
thyme

1/2
teaspoon salt

1/4
teaspoon
black
pepper

Procedure:

1. Set slow
cooker to low. Rinse and dry mushrooms. Add mushrooms, vegetable broth, grass fed
butter, garlic, thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Stir. Cover with lid and cook
for 1 hour.

2. Stir
mushrooms and cook an additional hour or until mushrooms are tender. Remove
thyme and serve hot.

A Few Tips for Preparing Mushrooms

You’ve
probably heard that mushrooms shouldn’t be washed since they’ll soak up water
and lose their flavor. Some people prefer to clean mushrooms by wiping them
with a damp paper cloth or a mushroom brush. However, this can be a painstaking
and time-consuming task. So the question is: Is it really bad to wash
mushrooms?

While
it’s true that mushrooms soak in water, the amount that they absorb after a
quick wash is actually small. Therefore, it’s okay to clean mushrooms with
water, as long as you only give them a quick rinse and pat them dry right away.
Remember not to leave them soaking for a long period of time.[ii]
If you have some leftover mushrooms, put them in a perforated plastic
container. They should last up to five days if stored properly.[iii]

Why Cremini Mushroom Is a Great Addition to Your Diet

Cremini
mushroom, also known as baby
portobello, is a
more mature version of the famous white button mushroom. It has a firm texture
and a deep flavor, making it a great addition to stews,
soups, salads and main
dishes.[iv]
Eating cremini mushroom is also great for your health since it’s full of
vitamins and nutrients, which include:[v]

B Vitamins

Cremini
contains a variety of B vitamins, including vitamin B12, vitamin B6,
riboflavin and niacin. B vitamins are essential for maintaining proper brain,
cardiovascular and nervous system functions.

Potassium

One
hundred grams of cremini mushroom contain 13 percent of your daily
recommended intake of potassium.

This
mineral is essential for promoting cardiovascular health, maintaining proper
nerve function, reducing blood sugar and blood pressure and regulating body
fluids.

Selenium

Cremini
mushroom is also rich in selenium, a mineral that helps lower the risk of
cancer and improve the immune system by stimulating the production of T
cells.

Fiber

A
hundred grams of cremini mushroom have 0.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is
known to promote a healthy gut microbiome, effectively strengthening the
immune system and lowering the risk of inflammatory diseases.

Protein

Cremini
mushroom is a good source of protein. One hundred grams of it contain 2.5
grams of protein.

The
right amount of protein intake is beneficial for your muscles, bones, enzymes
and hormones. Be careful, though, as excessive consumption of protein may
also wreak havoc on your health.

Zinc

One
hundred grams of cremini mushrooms also contain 7 percent of your daily
recommended intake of zinc.

Zinc is
an essential mineral that protects the DNA strands from breakage, strengthens
the immune system, prevents diabetes
complications and maintains proper sensory organ function.

Make Sure That You’re Only Using Grass Fed Butter in Your
Meals

Grass fed
dairy products not only are rich and creamy, but are also more beneficial to
your health. They are produced by cows that are fed their natural diet of grass
and are allowed to forage freely.

Unfortunately,
most dairy products available in the supermarkets come from
concentrated
animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
. These animals are raised in poor
living conditions and given low doses of antibiotics from time to time, which
results in a growing threat of antibiotic-resistant illnesses. They’re also fed
grains, which alter their gut bacteria and predispose them to diseases. All of
these factors negatively affect the nutritional composition of dairy products
from CAFOs, which is why you should opt for farm-fresh products instead.

When
shopping for butter or other dairy products, look for grass fed labels. Some of
the grass fed labels that you may encounter include Food Alliance Certified,
Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) Certified and Pennsylvania Certified Organic
(PCO) grass fed. You may also get your grass fed butter from local organic
farms or co-ops near you. By consuming farm-fresh products, you’re not only
promoting your health but also supporting the environment.

Source:: Mercola Health Articles