We know it’s tempting to stick with your normal old one mushrooms – those with a taste that you trust and without the risk of poisoning. However, if you still need to expand your mushroom horizons, the oyster mushroom has some benefits that are worth discovering.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes these oysters such pearls.

Oyster mushrooms grow all over the world. Since they love to grow on logs, they can be found in most forests, especially temperate areas (they especially love the UK, where they grow happily all year round).

They are especially popular in Japan, Korea and China, where their mild taste (with a hint of anise) is considered a delicacy. And they not only complement a dish, but also the diner: They were served as medicine Per Centuries. You also have a lot fiber – good for your intestines and general health!

And if you’re wondering what’s in one cup (86 grams) of raw oyster mushrooms:

  • Energy: 28 kcal
  • Protein: 3 grams (g)
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Fat: less than a gram
  • Calcium: 3 milligrams (mg)
  • Magnesium: 16 mg
  • Potassium: 361 mg
  • Cholesterol: absolutely zero

So a lot of good stuff and hardly any fat. Oh, oyster mushrooms; Where have you been all our life

So, we’ve discovered that oyster mushrooms can look great. But in order to become your new best friend, you need to know exactly how they are helping you healthily.

Fortunately, these mushrooms come with the goods and can potentially help us with a variety of health issues.

1. They are full of antioxidants

These should already be on your friends list because antioxidants are The Good Stuff. They help with that Prevent cell damage – and since your body is made up of cells, that’s pretty good. Studies are ongoing, but antioxidants may appear to help treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

And if you didn’t know: our friend is the oyster mushroom full of it! We can’t yet say for sure if antioxidants do as much as we hope, but scientists are pretty excited to see what the humble mushroom could do for us.

2. They are good to your heart

More study is needed here, too, but it looks good that oyster mushrooms can help your ticker keep ticking. One of the ingredients of our oyster friends (beta-glucan, which is also found in oats) is associated with Improvement of the glucose and fat metabolism, as well as Blood pressure and body weight – all of these help your heart! And don’t forget about the refined fiber content either.

3. You can lower blood sugar levels

There are also proof that oyster mushrooms can help fight insulin resistance. insulin is the stuff that turns the glucose level in your blood into one healthy assortmentso that your body develops a resistance to it is not a bueno. Eating more oyster mushrooms * may * help stave off diabetes, though the boffins are still testing the theory.

4. They have antiviral and antibacterial properties

It is fair to say that over the past few years we have all become fairly aware of the importance of preventing viruses.

Scientists are pretty excited about what they see in certain bioactive compounds in oyster mushrooms and claim that they show antiviral effects similar to antiviral drugs. While consuming the mushrooms is unlikely to have these effects, once these compounds are extracted and concentrated, there is hope that they can be used to treat viruses like herpes and flu.

5. You could potentially lower your risk of cancer

It’s another one that needs a lot more research, but based on the results of Laboratory studies like this one, researchers are cautiously optimistic that oyster mushrooms can help treat cancer cells. Add their natural antioxidants to this, and there’s real hope that oyster mushrooms could be one of the best friends we’ve ever had.

Want more good news about oyster mushrooms? Well, they’re ridiculously easy to make! You can eat any part of it, although you’ll likely want to cut off the middle stem, then the individual stems – they tend to be tough. However, you can use them in stock; don’t waste, don’t want!

You will definitely want to cook them. Oyster mushroom connoisseurs report that when consumed raw they tend to have a somewhat metallic taste. So if you don’t want your food to taste like Iron Man’s underwear, put it in the pot.

There isn’t really a specific oyster mushroom season per se either. Because of their popularity, they are grown year round so you shouldn’t have much trouble tracking them down. Typically, when you feel like looking for food yourself, you want to gather it after a cold, humid season.

And when you have them, keep them in yours refrigerator – Paper bags are great for storing them, but a loosely closed plastic bag will do.

As for recipes, start with these delicious dishes:

Okay, oyster mushrooms sound too good to be true, don’t they? There has to be a catch somewhere. Maybe they give you strange dreams? Or do you develop sensitivity and take over your house? Or … they will poison you?

Do not worry! No part of an oyster mushroom is poisonous, so you can breathe easy!

However, if you do decide to start hunting for your own oyster mushrooms, there are some similar mushrooms to watch out for as they can actually poison you. In the United States it is Jack-O-Lantern Mushroom is the most dangerous scammer, but you can easily spot them thanks to their bright orange color. Just like eating snow, if it’s yellow or orange, leave it alone!

It is also possible to be allergic to oyster mushrooms, although usually you won’t get anything worse than a. should experience Rash and itching. Bad reactions are pretty rare!

While still being studied by mushroom experts (aka mycologists), there is real hope that oyster mushrooms could offer some significant long-term health benefits – from heart health to diabetes to possibly some anti-cancer properties.

In the meantime, you can enjoy oyster mushrooms for their subtle taste and nutritional benefits. Not only are they useful for getting vitamins and minerals into your stomach, but they’re pretty badass in a recipe too. Delicious and good for you; What is not to love?

There’s a reason they’re becoming so popular. Join the oyster club and the world is your mushroom!