Mushroom lovers, pay attention! Microwaving or grilling them may be more healthier

Mushrooms are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D and E) and minerals such as zinc or selenium, low in calories and fat, as well as important source of betaglucans -- biologically active compounds with potential medicinal value.

Mushroom lovers, pay attention! Microwaving or grilling them may be more healthier

New Delhi: As per a new research, microwaving or grilling mushrooms would help preserve its antioxidant capacity and other health properties and become more healthier rather than boiling or deep frying.

Mushrooms are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D and E) and minerals such as zinc or selenium, low in calories and fat, as well as important source of betaglucans -- biologically active compounds with potential medicinal value.

The results, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, revealed that frying induced more severe losses in protein, ash, and carbohydrates content but increased the fat and energy.

Boiling improved the total glucans content by enhancing the betaglucans fraction.

A significant decrease was detected in the antioxidant activity especially after boiling and frying, while grilled and microwaved mushrooms reached higher values of antioxidant activity.

"Frying and boiling treatments produced more severe losses in proteins and antioxidants compounds, probably due to the leaching of soluble substances in the water or in the oil, which may significantly influence the nutritional value of the final product" said Irene Roncero from Mushroom Technological Research Center of La Rioja (CTICH) in Spain.

(With Agency inputs)