Many of us think mushrooms are nice to eat or only for special occasions and that they don’t really contribute any nutritional value to our daily eating plans. Let’s debunk some of those perceptions immediately!


  • Mushrooms have been found to help lower cholesterol, are rich in minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • In a recent weight loss challenge by the South African Mushroom Association (SAMFA) a few guys swopped out meat for mushrooms and they lost on average of 3.5 kg’s in 6 weeks.
  • Researchers at the University of Western Australia discovered in their study that the women who ate at least 10 grams of white button mushrooms per day were 64 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.
  • We can also increase the Vitamin D levels in mushrooms by putting them in the sun / windowsill just before cooking!
  • Mushrooms are still alive when we buy them from the supermarket so the best way to store them in the fridge is in a “breathable” container like a paper bag. It is always best to buy mushrooms from reputable supermarkets to ensure they are safe for eating.
  • Remember mushrooms aren’t just for special occasions and can be added to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

So put mushrooms on your shopping list today!

Antoinette du Plessis RD(SA)