Cholesterol problem? Need a healthier heart? Try Shiitake Mushrooms!

Shiitake mushrooms are an  important ingredient in Japanese cooking, not only for its taste but also for its important health benefits.
Shiitake comes in two different ways, either fresh or dry, which is usually richer in flavour. The type of shiitake mushroom is judged based on the size of the pileu (the cap of the mushroom).

Cultivating Shiitake

Whats in shiitake? 

Each mushroom contains so many wonderful nutrients and vitamins. This includes

  • lentinan
  • eritadenine
  • ergothioneine
  • copper
  • panthothenic acid
  • selenium
  • vitamin B2
  • zinc
  • manganese
  • vitamin B6
  • niacin
  • choline
  • dietary fibre
  • vitamin D
  • folate.
  • eritadenine
  • dietary fibre

Why is it important for your heart health?

  • Eritadenine is an important compound found in shiitake which helps with the body’s ability to process cholesterol in the liver and helps to lower the levels in the body. Consequently it supports the body’s overall cardiovascular health and additionally has antiviral properties.
  • Dietary fibre also helps the body to process cholesterol. Studies have shown that consuming 90g of fresh shiitake a day for just one week you can lower cholesterol by 6 to 12% (in young people) and 7 to 15% (in the elderly).

Crispy Tofu & Shiitake Sticks

Shiitake mushroom can be integrated into your diet or home cooking through so many different ways, one recipe I really enjoy is Crispy Tofu Sticks. These sticks are perfect finger food for a party or for a snack, they are like a thin spring roll but not deep fried!
If you are looking for more recipes with shiitake to incorporate into your diet and cooking, check out my Japanese Superfoods Cookbook.



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