1 to 2 servings of mushrooms a week can help reduce your risk of mild cognitive impairment (a precursor of Alzheimer’s) by 43%.

Experts say the antioxidants in mushrooms may prevent the buildup of plaques in the brain. 1 serving is about 1 cup of sliced mushrooms; add to your omelets, stir-fry, salads.

Healthiest Way to Cook Mushrooms: Grill or Microwave Them!

  1. It is best to grill them as it increases the proteins & antioxidants.
  2. Boiling or frying them may destroy their nutritional value.
  3. Adding a little bit of oil should not be a problem (preferably olive oil).

According to a new study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, mushrooms should be grilled as boiling or frying them can destroy their nutritional value.

Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of Vitamin D. They contain no fat and are a valuable source of fiber. They are also packed with selenium, which you don’t find in most fruits and vegetables. They are also rich in B Vitamins and biological active compounds called beta-glucans that are known to impart medicinal properties.

When it comes to cooking, mushrooms are very versatile. They can be cooked in several ways and their meaty-texture can be easily incorporated in any dish. As per this new study, the best way to cook mushrooms to preserve all its nutrients is to grill them. During their study, scientists noted that there was a significant decline in the antioxidant activity after boiling and frying mushrooms and  grilling or microwaving them enhances their antioxidant activity.

Check out NDTV Foods for their 11 best mushroom recipes!