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Mushroom Coffee Has Hit the Market

Mushroom Coffee

By Becca DiCenso

What did the cup of mushroom coffee write on its online dating profile? "People say that I'm a fungi!"

Eating your vegetables and drinking your milk used to be enough to keep you healthy, but it's much more than that nowadays. With research proving just how much your body is affected by what goes into it, it's no wonder people are running to get their next cup of bone broth, munching on crickets for more protein, and slathering coconut oil on just about everything. What's next? Mushroom coffee.

The mighty mushrooms we eat are long known for their nutritional properties of being low calorie, fat-free, low in sodium, and a provider of key vitamins like selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D, and more. But the all-powerful medicinal mushrooms may be fungi's best-kept secret. Although it has been used for thousands of years in practices outside of Western medicine, it's now growing in popularity because of the amazing health benefits.

Mushroom-infused beverages like Four Sigmatic's Mushroom Coffee and Hot Cocoa use four different mushrooms: Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga and Lion's Mane. Each of these mushrooms has its own properties that contribute to better overall health and wellbeing like reducing stress, improving sexual enjoyment, aiding weight loss, sustaining energy, and increasing mental focus.

These mushroom powders come packaged in individual sized packets that just need to be poured into hot water and enjoyed. You can drink it espresso style, with a plant-based milk to get a creamy feel or even incorporated into a smoothie. Mushrooms in your caffeine or mixed with cacao doesn't exactly sound appetizing, but the flavors of the fungi are mild and probably worth the prospect of way more nutritional value.

With the product being so new to the market, some nutritionists aren't ready to give it a thumbs up just yet. But Isabel Smith, R.D. and founder Isabel Smith Nutrition did give us some insight on the ingredients: "Lions Mane and Chaga extracts may have some immune-boosting properties and nerve-health promoting benefits—and mushrooms can certainly contain some health benefits."

Our advice would be to try it out if you like what you're hearing, and get your own perspective on the new bev. It doesn't seem to have any clear negative effects and can even possibly help you wean yourself off the five-cup a day addiction. But for drinks we know you should be consuming on your weight loss plan check out 20 Teas That Melt Belly Fat—Fast!


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