This meaty mushroom variety is gaining worldwide popularity as a superfood not only because it’s nutritionally dense, but delicious. Mushroom lovers enjoy Portobello in stir fries, casseroles, soups, omelets, and salads, but one hearty preparation style is to give them solo status on a bun as a meatless, gluten-free burger with all your favorite condiments like lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes.
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, Portobellos are an excellent source of copper, which your body needs to produce red blood cells and carry oxygen through your body. They also offer three important B-complex vitamins: riboflavin for maintaining healthy red blood cells; niacin for supple skin and properly functioning digestive and nervous systems; and pantothenic acid, which aids in the release of energy from the fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the food you eat.
Just one cup of mushrooms has the potential to release at least 15 different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. A single Portobello contains more potassium than a banana – 630 mg per serving – which helps maintain normal heart rhythm and muscle and nerve function, as well as a balance between your fluid and minerals. This in turn helps control blood pressure.