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Q. I've heard that mushrooms contain carcinogens. Is that true?

A. Some researchers have suggested that enzymes in the digestive system can convert agaritine, a natural substance found in several mushrooms of the Agaricus species (which includes the common “button” mushroom) into carcinogenic by-products or free radicals. However, there is no conclusive evidence showing a link. In fact, the reverse may be possible since mushrooms contain selenium, beta-glucans and other substances that may have anticarcinogenic properties. So dig in and enjoy, from portobellos to porcinis! Search for healthy mushroom recipes.

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