A team of researchers recently reviewed studies from 1999 to 2020 to examine the relationship between consuming mushrooms and gastric cancer risk.
A total of 11 studies were reviewed, which included 3,900 gastric cancer cases
and 7.792 control cases. Participants answered questionnaires which included questions about mushroom consumption.
Researchers discovered that participants who ate about 18 grams of mushrooms daily (which equals about two medium-sized mushrooms) had 45% less chance of developing gastric cancers.
Mushrooms are known for their high amount of antioxidants and amino acids. Mushrooms are also a good source of ergothioneine, which has been found to help prevent or slow cellular damage and is something that cannot be created by the human body.
With the wide variety of mushrooms available, people can slowly increase their mushroom intake with a goal of eating one or two servings a week. The FDA lists a serving size of mushrooms being 5 medium mushrooms. Of course, if you are allergic to any mushrooms, you should consult with your doctor before considering adding mushrooms to your diet.