The Mushroom Council is on the case, and claims that really, people like mushrooms more than they think. The industry group gathered up scientists, nutrition researchers and chefs recently for a Mushrooms and Health Summit.
At that event, the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Culinary Institute of America presented a study (funded by the Mushroom Council) that shows people like mushrooms just as much, or more as meat, reports NPR.
She and her co-researcher served up eight different samples of taco blends including a bunch of meat/mushroom combinations. Out of all of them, the majority liked the 50% beef, 50% mushroom mix the the most, saying the Miller’s hunch was that consumers could enjoy mushrooms as a healthy substitute for meat without sacrificing combo was just as good as the real thing and more flavorful.
Beyond flavor, a mixed burger is 24% lower in fat and 27% cheaper than an all-beef burger. Plus mushrooms bring vitamin D, potassium, antioxidants and B vitamins to the table.
Is a devoted red meat lover going to go for fungi when there’s a big, beefy burger on the table? Maybe not. But it could be time to stick some mushrooms in there for good measure — especially if it means a cheaper grocery bill. Now all we need is a bunch of mushroom recipes — feel free to share yours in the comments.