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Most chefs would describe the Maitake mushroom as almost having leaves or feathers and all you really do is pull each little piece apart and sauté them, so no slicing is needed. Maitake mushrooms grow to be quite large, so in some instances you can slice off a chunk and cook it like a steak, either grilling or sautéing the slice whole. Maitake mushrooms are very versatile and can be sauteed on their own or added to dishes like pasta, risotto or eggs.
Nutritional info || BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM || Maitake mushrooms contain a polysaccharide fiber called beta glucan. The beta glucans in Maitake mushrooms works to activate and increase production of certain immune system cells. These cells can help the immune system to more quickly and efficiently fight against illness.
LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR || Research studies have shown that Maitake mushrooms may work to decrease insulin resistance thereby increasing insulin sensitivity.
FIGHTS CANCER || The beta glucans in Maitake mushrooms help to activate and produce white blood cells called macrophages. Macrophages work in the body to ingest and destroy tumor cells. This can help to make chemotherapy more effective. Maitake mushrooms are also shown to lessen the side effects of anti-cancer drugs by decreasing nausea, vomiting, and hair loss.
HEART HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS || Eating Maitake mushrooms can help to decrease blood pressure levels, lower total cholesterol levels, and help maintain weight which can all help to promote heart health. The mushrooms are found to be low in calories and high in fiber which can increase satiety and feelings of fullness.–