Study Replaces Beef with Mushrooms

US - Formulating foods with mushroom instead of beef may reduce caloric intake by over 400 calories per day, according to new research.
calendar icon 21 August 2008
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According to FoodProductionDaily, with obesity levels rising around the world, the food industry is increasingly looking at the formulation of low-energy density foods, and substituting meat for mushrooms may be an option, according to new research published in the journal Appetite.

The news agency says that researchers from John Hopkins University reported that consumption of mushroom entrées reduced daily energy and fat intakes by an average of 420 calories and 30 grams, respectively, over a four-day period.

"The most intriguing finding was that subjects seemed to accept mushrooms as a palatable and suitable culinary substitute for meat," said lead researcher Lawrence Cheskin from John Hopkins Weight Management Center. "They didn't compensate for the lower calorie mushroom meal by eating more food later in the day."

Healthy foods are increasingly the preoccupation all over the world, as in 2005 approximately 1.6bn adults were overweight and 400m were obese, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It further predicts that by 2015 2.3bn adults will be overweight and more than 700m will be obese.

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