Which type of mushroom has the highest antioxidant content?
And speaking of fungus (which is what keeps tempeh together) which is healthier, button mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, or Portobello mushrooms. Who can tell me why this is a trick question??? Right, these are all the exact same mushrooms. Those cute little white button mushrooms grow up to be portobellos—isn’t that cool? Ok, so here’s the real question. Button, Chanterelle, More-el—never eat raw or with alcohol, oyster mushrooms, porcini—Italian for piglet (evidently when the mushrooms are really small they look like piglets?) And shiitake. Ooh, this is going to be a toughie.
Here’s the graph. One’s an obvious overachiever; one’s and slacking underachiever. Which is which? First the slacker. Which is the least healthy of the six (based on antioxidant content)? Take a moment… OK, who’s the slacker—who says button mushrooms? Chanterelles? Morels? Oyster? Porcini? Shiitake? This one’s a surprise: Chanterelles. Least healthy mushroom there is. Interestingly, boring old cheap & easy white mushrooms are way up here at number 2! Blew me away. I think that stumped everyone else too. Did anyone get that right? All right, no winners this gamer. Should we try another round? OK, everyone back up.
Who’s the superstar? Only one in four now. Morels? Oyster? Porcini? Shiitake? The healthiest mushroom on the planet (so far tested) is… the little piggies!
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