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Cutting calories with Mushrooms

(NC) With holiday season coming to an end, 'tis the season for starting anew with hopeful resolutions. Finding appealing and effective ways to achieve a healthy weight is an important element when it comes to maintaining weight.

Being overweight can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Carrying excess weight can put stress on joints causing pain and making it difficult to enjoy daily activities. Eating more fruits and vegetables, including fresh mushrooms, is a tasty way to help you keep your weight in check.

Fresh Mushrooms Can Help

Consume Fewer Calories

A half-cup serving of cooked sliced mushrooms has a mere 14 calories, virtually no fat and can be a satisfying substitute for higher-calorie ingredients.

Mushrooms can be folded into everyday dishes to boost of flavour and help you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, without weighing down the dish with calories, fat, cholesterol or sodium.

Mushrooms provide B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, which help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Adding Mushrooms Make a Difference

Substitute ½ cup sautéed white button mushrooms in quiche for 4 ounces of cooked bacon. Benefit: Save 580 calories, 45 g fat, 15 g saturated fat and 128 mg cholesterol.

Substitute 1 cup diced portabella mushrooms in spaghetti sauce for ½ cup lean ground beef (80% lean). Benefit: Save 285 calories, 19 g fat, 7 g saturated fat and 101 mg cholesterol.

Substitute ¼ cup sliced fresh crimini or brown mushrooms on panini for 2 slices of provolone cheese. Benefit: Save 192 calories, 15 g fat, 9.5 g saturated fat and 38 mg cholesterol.

More delicious mushroom recipes are available online at www.mushrooms.ca.

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