The first time you found out mushrooms were a kind of fungi, you probably cringed (as do most people). But over time the taste grew on you and you learned to love this versatile ingredient that’s available in a variety of textures and flavors. Mushrooms are a great addition to a weight watcher’s meal plan, and in fact Katy Perry and Kelly Osbourne have admitted to making mushrooms an integral part of their diets. Well, here’s why:

  • It helps keep your energy levels up while exercising.
  • Did you know that portobello and crimini mushrooms are especially great for women, since they help them shed pounds by regulating blood sugar? Apparently, it’s thanks to the dense phytonutrient component and incredible antioxidant ergothioneine, which works this weight loss miracle. The best part? This nutrient isn’t destroyed by cooking.
  • Because mushrooms release so much water of their own when cooked, they require no oil, and the residue can be used to stew other ingredients as well (look at it as vegetable stock).
  • Thanks to their high protein and fiber content, they help keep you feeling full for longer periods and regulate your digestive system.

Make note that mushrooms are better consumed cooked than raw if you want to make the most of the nutrients. An easy and tasty calorie-cutting trick is to replace the meat in your favorite recipes with mushrooms. You’ll automatically cut about 420 calories out of a meal, partly because you’ll skip all the belly-padding saturated fat that’s inherently a part of the meat.

Don’t believe us? Perhaps you could try out one of the many delicious recipes we have to notice the difference for yourself.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.