Excellent source of niacin • Good source of selenium, dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamins B1, B2, and D • No cholesterol • Low in calories, fat, and sodium • Contain anti-oxidants to support a strong immune system (all taken from http://www.foodreference.com/html/a-mushrooms-ff0408.html)
Teachers-- grow mushrooms in your classroom. Here's the link
below are some facts from http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/farm/story4/mushroomfacts.htm
~ Mushrooms have no chlorophyll (a green pigment in plants), so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the Graphic of a spinning sun. earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715). Graphic of a whitetop mushroom. ~ One portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana. White and crimini mushrooms are also good sources of potassium. Potassium helps the human body maintain normal heart rhythm, fluid balance, and muscle and nerve function. ~ Grains and foods that come from animals are good sources of selenium. But in fresh produce, only mushrooms contain significant amounts of this mineral. Selenium plays an important role in the human immune system, the thyroid system, and the male reproductive system. ~ Mushrooms are an excellent source of copper, a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells and for other functions.