Welcome to the 2009 Mushroom Showdown! In the left corner we have "Canned Mushrooms" weighing in at 132 grams, and in the right we have "Fresh Mushrooms" also weighing in at 132 grams. Today's battle will determine which mushroom will win over the taste buds of Canadians.
This is "Canned vs. Fresh!"
A little dramatic, I know, but this just happens to be one of the most common questions I receive on a daily basis: which is better, canned or fresh?
Let's compare one can (132g) of white mushrooms to 132g of fresh white mushrooms:
Canned mushrooms have 33 calories, 0g of Fat, 561mg of Sodium, 7g of carbohydrates, 3g of dietary fiber, 3g of sugar, and 2g of protein.
Fresh white Canadian mushrooms have 29 calories, 0g of Fat, 7mg of Sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, 1g of Dietary Fiber, 2g of sugar and 4g of protein.
When compared, fresh mushrooms come out as the obvious winner. The fresh mushrooms contain less calories, sodium, carbohydrates and sugar, and are higher in protein.
100g of fresh white mushrooms are also a good source of riboflavin, niacin, copper, pantothenic acid and selenium. They are also the only vegetable that has Vitamin D.
Next time you are out buying canned mushrooms, take a glance at the label. Where does it say they are from? Most often canned mushrooms are from China.
Fresh mushrooms that are sold here in Canada, are grown here in Canada. So you are buying a locally grown product and supporting your local farming communities. Just check the package for the "Product of Canada" sticker.
Once again, the obvious winner is Fresh!
For the taste test portion of the competition, we are going to let you Canadians decide. Do you prefer the taste of canned mushrooms or fresh? Feel free to leave your comments below.
posted by Brittany