Mushrooms could be the superfood missing from your diet. High in protein, low in carbohydrates and packed with essential minerals, vitamins and powerful antioxidants, there’s so much more to mushrooms than just their unique and delicious taste.


This is according to James McLaren, Denny’s National Technical Executive and resident mushroom expert.


A wealth of health

Mushrooms are rich in Selenium, a powerful antioxidant that lowers oxidative stress in the body, which in turn reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system. Since it assists in controlling oxidative stress, which is believed to be involved in both the onset and the progression of neurological diseases like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease[i], Selenium can help prevent mental decline. Portabellini mushrooms and white button mushrooms are particularly good sources of Selenium, making them a must-include ingredient in meals. Another added benefit is that mushrooms contains phytochemicals which have been found to specifically suppress breast and prostate cancer[ii]. Phytochemicals, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, assist in slowing cancer cell growth and prevent damaged cells from reproducing.


Meat makes way for mushrooms

With there being an increasing trend towards vegan and vegetarian diets amongst consumers, mushrooms offer a meat alternative with a similar taste and texture, but without sacrificing flavour or nutrients. Denny has helped make the move to meat-free diets even easier with a range of versatile fresh mushrooms.


Weight management wonder

Mushrooms are ideal for assisting with weight-management thanks to their low-calorie content and nutrient density. What’s more, since they contain little sugar, boast a low carbohydrate content, have a low glycaemic index ranking and contain less calories than a rice cake, they are the perfect addition to any eating plan: be it sugar-free, low carb or low cal.


Sustainable superfood

Not only are mushrooms good for you but, because they are grown sustainably, they’re good for the environment too. Mushrooms are grown using waste from maize-meal production and chicken farming, together with a reverse osmosis water purification process. The sustainability doesn’t stop there though, the spent substrate (compost) from the mushroom growing process is then used to return nutrients back to the soil in the agricultural sector. Denny’s future vision takes these sustainability elements even further by aiming to add an environmentally responsible packaging alternative. Denny have coined this their 360° Health Cycle.


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