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"Worthless" Foods That Are Actually Good For You (Page 2)

Mushrooms

1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms don’t have the bursting-with-nutrients reputation of more brightly colored vegetables like sweet potatoes or Swiss chard, but mushrooms are good for you. Although low in calories (just 20 calories per cup, or about 5 mushrooms), they deliver a meaty flavor that makes mushrooms a satisfying replacement for all or some of the meat at dinner. They’re also one of the few foods that deliver vitamin D—4 medium mushrooms provide 5 IUs of the vitamin; it’s not a lot (the daily recommendation is 400 IUs), but it is notable. Lastly, there’s emerging research suggesting that white button mushrooms contain phytochemicals that may help prevent breast cancer.

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