Mushrooms are the magic food you need to eat if you’re looking to lose weight, new research reveals.
A new study found that swapping meat for mushrooms can make you feel less hungry for longer.
Researchers say eating a mushroom-rich breakfast staves off hunger pangs and makes you feel fuller, compared to chowing down on a meat-based breakfast such as bacon or sausages.
During the study, 17 women and 15 men who consumed two servings of mushrooms or meat for 10 days.
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They were given either sliced mushrooms or 93% lean, 7% fat ground beef.
Scientists found that mushroom-eaters reported feeling significantly less hungry and more full after eating a vegetable-based breakfast compared to the carnivores.
Study author Professor Joanne Slavin, from the University of Minnesota, said: “Previous studies on mushrooms suggest that they can be more satiating than meat, but this effect had not been studied with protein-matched amounts until now.
“This study indicates there may be both a nutritional and satiating benefit to either substituting mushrooms for meat in some meals or replacing some of the meat with mushrooms.”
Previous studies show that protein is the most satiating nutrient.
But the researchers wanted to match the amount of protein in the mushroom and meat trials.
Both groups ended up eating a similar amount of calories as well.
Mary Jo Feeney, of the US Mushroom Council, added: “This new study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests mushrooms may aid weight management and satiety, and thus contribute to overall wellness.
“Consumers are interested in the benefits of protein food choices, so it’s important for them to know that plant-based sources of protein, such as mushrooms, can be satisfying.”