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'Worthless' Foods That Are Actually Good for You

Posted: 03/23/2012 8:00 pm

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. Associate Nutrition Editor for EatingWell Magazine

Think that sprig of parsley on the side of your plate is just sitting there looking pretty or that mushrooms aren't particularly nutritious? Find out why these and four other "worthless" foods are better for you than you think.

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Mushrooms don't have the bursting-with-nutrients reputation of more brightly colored vegetables like sweet potatoes or Swiss chard, but mushrooms are good for you. Although low in calories (just 20 calories per cup, or about five mushrooms), they deliver a meaty flavor, which makes mushrooms a satisfying replacement for all or some of the meat at dinner. They're also one of the few foods that deliver vitamin D -- four medium mushrooms provide 5 IUs of the vitamin; it's not a lot (the daily recommendation is 400 IUs), but it is notable. Lastly, there's emerging research suggesting that white button mushrooms contain phytochemicals that may help prevent breast cancer.

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By Kerri-Ann Jennings

Kerri-Ann Jennings

Kerri-Ann, a registered dietitian, is the associate editor of nutrition for EatingWell magazine, where she puts her master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University to work writing and editing news about nutrition, health and food trends. In her free time, Kerri-Ann likes to practice yoga, hike, bake and paint.

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