Nutrition and Labeling - This week's healthiest food - Shiitake Mushroom

06-23-2008, 10:35 AM
I love mushrooms. Lately, I have been eating Shiitake mushrooms. They are generally more expensive although the asian market has them cheaper, both fresh and dried.

Food of the Week . . . Shiitake Mushrooms
Did you know that shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese and Japanese for thousands of years? Today, we know some of the reasons why. Shiitake mushrooms contain unique phytonutrients including lentinan anderitadenine. Among lentinan's many health benefits is its ability to boost the immune system, strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease. Lentinan provides anti-cancer protection by attracting immune cells that fragment and destroy cancer cells and has also been shown to be more effective than prescription drugs when it comes to fighting influenza and other viruses. Eritadenine has been found to lower cholesterol levels, regardless of the type of fat in the diet. Preliminary animal research also suggests that it may prevent the development of atherosclerotic plaques on arterial walls. Shiitake mushrooms are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. They make a great addition to st! ir-fried vegetables seasoned with ginger and soy sauce. If you are not familiar with the wonderful smoky flavor and meaty texture of shiitake mushrooms, try some of our tasty, easy to prepare recipes below, which include shiitake mushrooms

06-23-2008, 10:54 AM
I have trouble finding these. I will have to try the Asian markets.