Muscles from mushrooms

by Kyla Van Heerden

Credit: The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

If fitness and athleticism are important to you, mushrooms can be a powerful tool for building lean muscle. In a study published in the June 2023 Journal of Nutrition, researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK compared groups of young people who ate either a high-protein omnivore diet or a mycoprotein-rich (that’s from fungi), non-animal-derived diet, and concluded that “resistance training increased lean mass in both groups by a similar magnitude.” This means that if you follow a meat-heavy lifestyle like keto, or adopt a vegan eating plan with lots of mushrooms, your results in the gym will be about the same. There are, however, additional benefits to eating more mushrooms. They are full of much needed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. They are also low in salt, cholesterol and calories. That’s good news for those seeking high performance in their sport while maintaining a lean physique. But you don’t have to go to one of the “either/or” extremes – eating some meat, if you enjoy it, and adding more mushrooms to your plate, would work too. As it turns out, serving Portobello Steaks with Spicy Chimichurri might just be the workout supplement you really need to achieve your lifestyle training goals.

Click the link above for simple-to-prepare Portobello Steaks with Spicy Chimichurri, and scroll for recipes that combine both meat and mushrooms.  

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