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In Japan: Mushrooms Control Cholesterol

These edible fungi are considered to be both food and medicine in Japan, and the average Japanese woman noshes at least eight pounds of them every year. Adding at least half a cup of mushrooms to your daily diet could cut your cholesterol levels as much as 30 percent, according to Penn State studies. The reason? Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants that dampen the liver’s production of artery-clogging fats, the study authors say.

Bored of button mushrooms? Criminis (which look like coffee-colored button mushrooms) have a richer, earthier flavor. Portobellos are great grilled, stuffed, or used as a meat substitute in burgers and sandwiches. And maitakes and shiitakes have a stronger, smoky flavor that can jazz up veggie and pasta dishes beautifully.

Try these easy recipes tonight: Slow-Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Mushroom Strudel, Chestnut Pappardelle with Wild Mushrooms and Leeks

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