Mushrooms Contain Selenium – which helps protect against cancer

Posted on Jun 28, 2008 in Health & Wellness

Mushrooms have long been thought to boost the immune system, and scientists have recently discovered that they contain selenium, which helps protect against prostate cancer. As one of the few vegetable sources of protein, they contain antioxidants not found in other produce.

Beef mushrooms with flavor

Jill Wendholt Silva
Jun. 25, 2008 12:00 AM

Does anybody really need two all-beef patties?

Portion-conscious carnivores might want to consider swapping the second slab for a satisfying slice of earthy portobello mushroom.

Introduced to consumers in the 1980s, portobellos were a clever marketing ploy to sell overgrown cremini mushrooms. But the meaty fungi grew popular because of their pleasing flavor, one scientists describe as “umami,” a fifth element of taste.

Mushrooms have long been thought to boost the immune system, and scientists have recently discovered that they contain selenium, which helps protect against prostate cancer. As one of the few vegetable sources of protein, they contain antioxidants not found in other produce.

Recipe can be found here.