Lose weight by including mushrooms in your diet

Posted on August 21, 2008. Filed under: beef, calorie intake, champignon, diet, dietary management, dietetics, energy density, fat intake, food, food science, great recipes, high-energy density foods, lean ground beef, low-energy density foods, meat, meat substitutes, mouthwatering dishes, mushroom dishes, mushrooms, news, nutrition, nutritional science, obesity, random, recipes, science, weight loss, white button mushrooms | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Researchers taking part in an ongoing study at the John Hopkins Weight Management Centre suggest a new way to fight obesity – increasing the intake of low-energy density foods like mushrooms in place of high-energy foods like lean ground beef.

White button (Champignon) mushrooms . . .

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In the research lead by Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, participants were randomly given either mushroom or beef dishes for lunch for four days. The participants switched to dishes containing the other ingredient (beef or mushroom) for the next week.

Energy (calorie) intakes were found to be much higher during meat meals than mushroom meals, a difference that averaged 420 more calories and 30 more fat grams per day over the four-day test period. More importantly, participants found no difference in palatability (meal appeal), appetite, satiation (after meal fullness) and satiety (general fullness). The participants did not compensate for the lower calorie mushroom meal by eating more food later in the day. This means that mushrooms can be used as a palatable and suitable culinary substitute for meat.

A serving of four-five white button mushrooms has 20 calories and no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol but is nutrient-rich. Mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid as well as the antioxidant selenium. Fight obesity by making use of delicious, nutritious mushrooms to control your calorie and fat intake!

Spicy Thai mushroom soup . . .

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Great recipes for mouthwatering dishes that use mushrooms can be found on these sites . .


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