Mushrooms are a great add-in for salads and can make a great side dish for any meal. I use slices of large portobello mushrooms in my salads as a meat substitute because they give me something more substantial than lettuce to bite into. A recent study now is saying mushrooms also may aid with mental health as we age.
I’m not one to believe in so-called superfoods because we really still know so little about how eating impacts our health or how that impact varies from person to person. Someday doctors may be able to custom tailor healthy diets for us based on our genetic makeup, but that day is far, far away.
Still, it’s always nice to see something positive written about foods that I like and that are healthier than most.
Details of the study and its findings in Cooking Light magazine:
“More than 600 seniors living in Singapore participated in a six-year study that required them to eat mushrooms on a daily basis—the participants were divided into groups and fed varying amounts of fresh mushrooms this link opens in a new tab. The groups that consumed more than two servings of mushrooms per day were found to have 50 percent less cases of MCI [mild cognitive impairment] than the seniors on the control group.”
“More than six percent of those in their 60s experience MCI, whereas 37 percent of those over 85 are suffering this mild form of cognitive decline,” Cooking Light noted.