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Are mushrooms good for you?

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Mushrooms are a fungi often grouped with vegetables. According to WebMD, different varieties offer both health benefits and risks. Some mushrooms are safe to eat or use for medicinal purposes, while others are dangerous and known to cause illness or death.

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Asian mushrooms with immune-enhancing properties are Shiitake, Enoki, Maitaki and Oyster. FreshMushrooms states they are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free and low in sodium. They are a good source of protein, nutrients and antioxidants. Researchers at the City of Hope discovered a potential link between mushrooms and a decreased likelihood of tumor growth. Psychedelic mushrooms contain a hallucinogenic substance called psilocybin, an illegal drug.

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