The perfect meat alternative

For vegetarians, vegans or those wanting to cut down on meat in their diet, mushrooms are the perfect alternative. Not only are they a great way to boost your intake of essential vitamins and minerals, but their firm texture and savoury taste makes them an ideal meat replacement.

Unlike most vegetables, just a handful of mushrooms (100g) delivers around a third of your daily selenium needs. They’re also a great source of B vitamins, have a low GI and contain other essential minerals such as copper, phosphorous and potassium. While mushrooms don’t contain enough protein to meet your daily requirements, by combining them with other vegetarian protein sources, such as legumes, you can create a balanced meal. If you’re on a plant-based diet, mushrooms will spruce up the flavour of any lentil or bean dish