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The Nutritional Attributesof Edible Mushrooms

Some mushrooms are a food of good nutritional value, some have medicinal value as dietary supplements, and there are some that have both of these properties. The public has become increasingly concerned about health and nutrition matters in recent years, and this has sparked the commercialization of natural foods consumed as dietary supplements. Mushrooms can be considered a functional food (medical food or nutritional food) in this way. Such functional or medical foods should not claim to cure disease, but there are an increasing number of scientific studies that strongly support some functional foods such as mushrooms as having a role in disease prevention and in some cases of bringing about a suppression or remission of a diseased state.