Sexy, sizzling, scrumptious and good for his health too
No need to give up meat completely
Firstly, we’re not telling our men to totally steer clear of steaks, chops or boerie rolls but, what we are telling them is that if they would like to live longer (yes!), lower their cholesterol and blood pressure or need to shed a kilo or two, eating less meat and more veggies (specifically mushrooms) is exactly what the doctor would order and the bonus is that meaty mushrooms are delicious too
Benefits of veg diets bigger for men than women
According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine*, “the benefits of vegetarian diets are much greater for men than women. Piling up on veggies can help men prevent heart disease, some kinds of cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity”; plant-based diets also prolong life!
Research study on selenium
Milan Geybels, a doctoral candidate in cancer epidemiology at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands, presented a research study to the American Association of Cancer Research, in Washington, D.C. in 2015. In his study he found that, among a group of almost 60,000 men aged 55 to 69, those with the highest selenium levels, as measured in toenail clippings over the study period, had more than a 60% reduced risk for advanced prostate cancer!
Why is this relevant when it comes to mushrooms?
In the fruit and vegetable category, fresh cultivated mushrooms (big browns, white buttons and Portabellinis) are a leading source of selenium and they are available in the fresh produce isle in your supermarket 365 days of the year! The real beauty of selenium found in mushrooms is that its concentrations appear to be similar before and after being cooked. One 100gm serving of mushrooms provides 8-22ug selenium; about 1/2 of the daily recommended amount.
So how does selenium work its magic? It’s an antioxidant and protects the body cells from damage that might lead to heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging. It also has been found to be important for the immune system and could also play a role in fertility in men.
Men, Protein and Mushrooms
But what about men and protein? Luckily, this crucial nutrient that helps repair muscles and recovery after exercise, is not only found in meat. Meaty, nutrient-rich mushrooms are one of the good plant-based protein sources of protein.
The great thing about mushrooms is that they’re also super yummy and incredibly versatile which means that you can get your protein fix throughout the day from breakfast to dinner.
White button mushrooms may only contain 3g of protein per 100g, but it’s the type of protein, Lectin, that is more important than the quantity. Lectin proteins are miracle workers in that they stimulate insulin production which helps to control glucose levels. They also offer great gut health benefits. Lectins are only 70% digestible (animal protein = 100%) but the indigestible 30% enters the colon where it prevents pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the gut wall. Pretty smart and pretty good for your digestion!
Mushrooms is a Superfood
This Superfood is also packed with B vitamins, contain essential minerals such as potassium, selenium, phosphorous and copper and provide small, but nutritionally important, amounts of iron.
Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants
And finally, there is the high amount of very important antioxidants that occur in mushrooms that most other foods don’t have. According to research from Penn State University, mushrooms contain unusually high amounts of ergothioneine (ERGO) and glutathione (GSH), both of which have been studied for their anti-aging and health boosting properties.
So load up on extra mushrooms (which will give you something thick and meaty to bite into) two or three times a