The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

By Ana Mantica

Fresh findings on the health benefits of white button mushrooms.

Looking for an easy way to jazz up your salads, soups and stir-fries? Toss in a handful of white button mushrooms (which are inexpensive and available year-round), suggests new research in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

“White button mushrooms seem to have as much antioxidant properties [and in some cases more than] as other mushrooms, including [pricy] maitake and white matsutake,” says lead study author Jean-Michel Savoie, Ph.D., from the Institut National de la Recherche Agrinomique, a governmental research institute in France.

Bottom line: All mushrooms may provide health benefits, and contain nutrients like potassium, copper and niacin, so there is no need to always seek out exotic, expensive kinds.