The humble button mushroom is a real-life health saviour, especially when it comes to diabetes and lowering cholesterol! The ordinary edible white button mushroom that you find on every supermarket shelf is a delicious package of good nutrition, with high levels of fibre and antioxidants like vitamins C, D and B12, as well as good quality protein. Importantly, they are also low in dietary fat and calories. On so many levels this rich and varied nutritional profile makes button mushrooms a health boon. And researchers have recently noted that button mushrooms “exhibit both hypoglycaemic (blood sugar-lowering) and hypolipidemic (lipid-lowering) activities due to their rich nutrient content.” In addition, button mushrooms contain beta-glucan, which is the same compound that famously makes oats such a great cholesterol-lowering breakfast food. Bottom line, if you’re worried about either high blood sugar or your cholesterol numbers, you can’t do better than starting your day with a mound of fresh white button mushrooms. Think Spinach & Mushroom Baked Eggs for the morning win.

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While we’re in favour of all-day mushroom breakfasts like the one linked above, there are many mushroom meals to choose from at