I asked myself this question again yesterday, while eating beautifully prepared mushrooms at MoVida in Melbourne. I eat mushrooms pretty much daily, either in my omelette, in a stir fry, just fried up in butter next to my eggs and bacon or as topping on a low carb pizza. Obviously I know there are some mushrooms we should definitely not eat, such as Fluesopp (Amanita muscaria in latin, I don’t know what it is called in English – the Vikings ate them anyway, but we know what they did afterwards. So if rape and pillage is your thing, then maybe Fluesopp is your thing too), but are we meant to eat the edible types of mushrooms, or do they create candida in our bodies, because it is a fungus? I am writing this mostly because I am curious to find out, but hopefully you will learn something new too! Mushrooms are in fact a type of fungi. So is yeast, that we use for baking and making beer (many say we shouldn’t use yeast just for this reason). I love cheese and eat the blue type as well, and this is blue and just for the same reason, there is fungus in it. I have heard plenty of people saying that I shouldn’t eat either of these products, because there is fungus in them. But, wait, there is fungus in penicillin, right? And we use penicillin to fight disease (people probably use way to much of it these days but I am not going to take that discussion here), so it can’t be bad for us then, can it? Not all fungus are the same I think.
I am looking and looking around the world wide web, but I can’t really find much on why we shouldn’t eat mushrooms. I do however find a million (ok, that’s exaggerating a little) reasons for why we should. The whole ‘mushrooms leads to candida’ seems to be a myth, apparently scientific research shows that not a single edible mushroom will make candida worse and some types of mushrooms can even kill candida. Now, I don’t know who funded this research, it might have been mushroom producers. But since I can’t find much proof that eating mushrooms is bad for you, I will choose to believe they are good. Therefore, I will happily keep eating mushrooms on a daily basis and rather look into what mushrooms are good for.
It seems eating mushrooms is actually good for your immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces cardiovascular disease, by lowering both your blood pressure and your cholesterol (sounds pretty good to me). In this day and age you will be happy to know that eating mushrooms reduces insulin resistance that will again increase your insulin sensitivity (and there is less likely that you are developing Type 2 diabetes). It can stop or slow down the growth of cancer tumors (I am wondering if this has a connection with the reduced insulin resistance. The experts say cancer tumors feed on sugar and can only thrive in an environment with a constant supply of glucose). Mushrooms also have lots of these famous antioxidants, they’re low in sodium, calories and fat (if you are worried about those things).
So it seems I can happily munch on mushrooms. And blue cheese, since my body thinks it generally ok to have some other mammals milk every now and then. Lucky for me one of my favourite tapas dishes is Grilled Mushrooms With Blue Cheese. If you are sitting on some other information that says the opposite, I would love to hear about it. Maybe my good friend Google failed me in my research, or maybe I just wanted to see what I wanted to hear? If you’re happy to keep eating mushrooms with me, stop by a little later for the Grilled Mushroom recipe, it’s so easy it shouldn’t be allowed!
Today is Day 17 on my 30 Day Yoga Challenge and I will do yoga at home today to show you some easy to do at home exercises for your living room floor. Will post tonight or tomorrow. Have a great Monday 🙂