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Healthiest Way To Cook Mushrooms? In A Microwave, Study Says

By Nicole Caldwell

Forget what you heard about microwaves zapping nutrition out of your meals. A new study shows they’re actually key to keeping certain foods, like mushrooms, nutritionally viable, the Telegraph reports. In general, fungi are nutritional powerhouses. They’re great sources of protein, essential amino acids, and vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, D and E. Mushrooms are also great sources of zinc, selenium, and biologically active compounds like betaglucans (great for heart health) as well as minerals such as zinc and selenium. But that doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if the way you cook your mushrooms is zapping them of all their health benefits.

For the study, which was published in the International Journal of Food Sciences, scientists at the Mushroom Technological Research Center at La Rioja, Spain, tested four kinds of mushrooms: king oyster, oyster, shiitake, and white button. They checked the antioxidant activity when the mushrooms were raw and cooked in various ways.