Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.Paul Stamets
Why do you have to put mushrooms in your meal?
Mushrooms are a fully natural, healthy and delicious addition to your plate. At Scelta,the white buttons are referred to as ‘the White Wonder’, as they are one of nature’s most versatile, healthy ingredients.
Mushrooms are full of fibres, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and they impart a fifth taste sense called umami. Besides that, they are an excellent meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans as well. If you are looking for a new food to shake up your boring meal routine and to boost your health, we at Scelta give you six good reasons mushrooms are the right choice.
1. Versatile and plant-based
Mushrooms are very versatile ingredients, which means that they can be used in a variety of ways in different types of food. They can be boiled, grilled, fried, microwaved or steamed. Plant-based means that more plant products and plant proteins are incorporated into your daily diet. There are many meat replacements, but mushrooms are a meat-free mainstay for many meals. Naturally hearty and easy to imbue with incredible flavour.
2. Vitamin D
Mushrooms are the only vegetarian food that can make vitamin D. They contain ergosterol, a provitamin that is converted into vitamin D when exposed to the sun’s UV light. In contrast to wild mushrooms, the commercially cultivated mushrooms are traditionally grown indoors in the dark, so they usually have negligible amounts of vitamin D. Since 2009 mushrooms are often exposed to a burst of UV light after harvesting, the ergosterol is converted into the socalled sunshine vitamin. They are usually labelled “UV-treated” or “high in vitamin D”.
3. Weight loss winner
Mushrooms are a good source of dietary fibres and low in carbohydrates and calories – one cup of raw mushrooms has about 20 calories. Furthermore they contain digestive enzymes and two types of dietary fibre – chitin and beta-glucan – that help make you feel fuller and eat less. Studies even showed that substituting white button mushrooms for red meat supports a healthy weight. Three B-complex vitamins in mushrooms help releasing energy from the fat, protein and carbohydrates in food: riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). This means that they are vital for turning food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body burns to produce energy. These vitamins also help the body metabolise fats and protein. For these reasons, the mushroom is a perfect weight loss winner.
4. Nutritious source of umami
Mushrooms contain umami, the important fifth taste and salt replacer. In other words they make the foods around them taste better. Umami taste can help reduce the salt content in food while still maintaining the pleasant experience of eating your dinner. This strong savoury flavour makes everything hard to resist. Scelta Taste Accelerator, abbreviated STA, is an innovative umami tool that helps balance your flavour. It could even be used to fight malnutrition.
5. Immunity-boosting benefits
Mushrooms are surprisingly healthy and boost your immune system. High levels of beta-glucan compounds keep immune cells alert and the powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine helps lower body-wide inflammation and keeps your skin healthy. Potassium, another mineral in mushrooms, can help your muscles to recover and to assist with cramps and pain. This means adding mushroom concentrates could actually aid in your recovery time. This sounds as superfood for runners and endurance athletes. Scelta’s 100% natural mushroom concentrates (liquid or powder) are full of vitamins and minerals and are a delicious, natural base for soups, sauces and more.
6. Endless number of recipes
Mushrooms are a cook’s secret weapon to lightening up traditional dishes. These earthy “vegetables” are great in pasta sauce, adding both taste and texture. Besides that they are perfect sautéed and served with chicken or pork. You can add grilled mushrooms to your steak or make a vegetarian-friendly sandwich with a Portabella mushroom. There are plenty of mushrooms to choose from and they blend well in any of your favourite recipes. Even though there are endless mushrooms recipes available, it can often be difficult to find the right one. For this reason The Scelta Kitchen with in-house chefs and taste teams creates and tests new mushroom recipes. A number of recipes have been published in a brochure.
Think mushrooms, eat smart and enjoy your meal!