Mushrooms are the reproductive structures produced by some fungi. A mushroom, or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing, fruiting body of a fungus. In a way, mushrooms are like the fruit of a plant. Instead of producing seeds, the mushroom fungus releases millions of microscopic spores that form underneath the mushroom’s cap.
Mushrooms grow in a variety of bright and muted colors all over the world. The fungus can grow above ground, on top of the soil, or on the surface of a food source. They are easy to grow at home as well. There are more than a million estimated species of fungi. Species that make edible mushrooms make up only a small fraction.
Producers make canned mushrooms by slicing fresh mushrooms and packing the pieces in brine. Next, they seal the cans and send them through a pressure canning process.
Canned mushrooms are small, but mighty when it comes to health benefits. They are a rich source of several vitamins and minerals.
A half-cup of canned, drained, mushroom in brine pieces contains:
1 gram of protein
0 grams of fat
4 grams of carbohydrates
2 grams of fiber
2 grams of sugar
Canned mushrooms are a viable “meat replacer” thanks to their protein content and fleshy texture. Canned mushroom in SO2 are also an excellent source of:
Potential Health Benefits of Canned Mushroom in vinegar
Canned mushrooms have the same nutritional content as fresh mushrooms. However, the added sodium from the canning brine (saltwater) is something to consider if you are trying to limit how much sodium you have.
The phosphorus in canned mushrooms helps red cells deliver oxygen and may give you more energy.
Help give you stronger bones and healthier teeth. Although bone health is primarily related to calcium, minerals such as phosphorus are also important to supporting healthy bones. Mushrooms contain a fair amount of phosphorus to promote greater bone and teeth health.
Improve your digestion. The fiber in canned mushrooms contributes to a healthy digestive system. The body needs fiber to bulk up stool so it can pass more easily through your digestive tract. Adding fiber to your diet also helps if your stool is thin or watery.