Are you interested in knowing the amount of calories in mushrooms? We provide that information for you on a variety of edible mushrooms in this article
Today I’m writing about calories in mushrooms, specifically for a variety of popular edible mushrooms.
Some of the mushrooms that I will mention are mushrooms that we grow at our mushroom farm in Hadley, MA. We offer those mushrooms fresh at various stores and farmers’ markets in the area. We also provide tinctures and extracts of some that are more medicinally valuable.
However, one of the major benefits to know about is our mushroom spawn. With the variety of mushroom spawn we provide, you can grow your own delicious mushrooms at home all-year-round.
Calories in Mushrooms: A look at the numbers
These statistics are coming from the USDA’s research on the subject. Some of it may vary between strains, but this serves as a starting point for learning about the amount of calories in mushrooms.
Below I’ve listed the type of mushroom and the amount of calories it has if you were to consume one cup of pieces or sliced mushrooms.
- Chanterelle mushroom: 21 calories (54 grams)
- Enoki mushroom: 23 calories (64 grams)
- Maitake mushroom: 22 calories (diced, 70 grams)
- Morel mushroom: 20 calories (66 grams)
- Oyster mushroom: 29 calories (86 grams)
- Shiitake mushroom: 34 calories (note: this is for 100 grams, and not one cup)
Calories in mushrooms: Raw versus cooked
Many of these stats on the caloric value in mushrooms relate to raw mushrooms. I recommend cooking mushrooms before eating them. There are a variety of reasons for this, which I have written about in this other article. Taste and toxicity are part of the reasoning. Check out this article if you want to know more about why eating raw mushrooms may not be the best approach to mushroom consumption.
How to benefit from your own shiitake, oyster and maitake mushrooms
There’s a lot to the nutritional value of mushrooms. In addition to the caloric info you got above, mushrooms contain vitamins and (like B1, B2, B3, B6, D, iron, magnesium), dietary fiber, and protein, too. Mushrooms also contain many essential minerals, including iron, phosphor, copper, potassium and selenium.
Popular species of edible mushrooms normally contain 19-35% protein. Compare that to the general protein content of the following foods:
- Rice: 7.3%
- Wheat: 13.2%
- Soybean: 39.1%
- Milk: 25.2%
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are nine amino acids essential to humans because our bodies cannot make them. While animal-based foods generally contain all the necessary amino acids, plant-based proteins are usually low in one or more kind. Mushrooms, however, contain all nine types of essential amino acids.
If you want to get some of these healthful benefits by eating delicious mushrooms, we can help you grow your own at home! We have mushroom growing kits and spawn for a few of the mushrooms listed above, including shiitake, maitake, and oyster. We actually have three types of delicious oyster mushrooms: blue, pink, and yellow. Check out our mushroom growing kits now — they’re perfect for mushroom lovers and healthy food enthusiasts.