• The Unusual And Versatile Mushroom Crust Quiche

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    When it comes to antioxidants—the substances that help fight free radicals that are the result of oxidation in our body—we’re more likely to think of colourful vegetables than neutral-hued mushrooms. But a study at Penn State university showed that the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC)—a measure of a food’s total antioxidants—of crimini and portobello mushrooms were about the same as for red peppers.

    How long has it been since you had a truly outstanding quiche? Have you ever had a truly outstanding quiche? This author admits she is not one to hassle with a ‘from scratch' dough crust, so this unique crust – made frommushrooms – is not only easier to make than a pie dough crust, it has way more flavor (and nutrition).

    Mushrooms are full of minerals including copper, selenium, and phosphorus. They are an excellent source of B vitamins including vitamin B2, niacin, and pantothenic acid, and a very good source of potassium, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate, choline, vegetable protein and manganese. In fact, mushrooms contain more selenium (an important antioxidant) than any other produce. Mushrooms are also fiber, which helps regulate the digestive system and helps control cholesterol. Mushrooms contain no cholesterol and are low in fat, calories and sodium.

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    White button mushrooms, such as crimini, commonly found in grocery stores and salad bars, help remove excess estrogen from circulation, making them helpful for preventing breast cancer. A tissue culture study published in the November 2010 issue of the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” found that white button mushrooms, along with four other varieties of common and specialty mushrooms, significantly suppressed breast cancer cell growth and reproduction. However, further studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results.



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