6 fun facts about Mushrooms!

**1. Mushrooms contain a very low amount of calories.** _They also contain small amounts of dietary fiber and protein, which assist with weight loss. Both help you feel full faster, which means you eat less. Eating mushrooms also helps increase your water intake and this is important because many people mistake thirst caused by dehydration for hunger, causing them to overeat._ **2. You can train Mushrooms to eat Your dead body!** _Jae Rhim Lee and her team have developed an Infinity Burial Suit, which is embroidered with Mushroom spores. The idea is that dead folks would be buried in this outfit rather than a coffin, and the Mushrooms more effectively biodegrade dead tissue, helping make internment more efficient and, ultimately, more environmentally responsible. In order to make the suit work, Lee has been feeding human toenail clippings, skin cell, and other bodily "leftovers" to shiitake and oyster Mushrooms in order to foster a taste for human flesh._ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rS_d1fiUc **3. Egyptians considered Them the plant of immortality** _Ancient Egyptians referred to mushrooms as the plant of immortality in hieroglyphics more than 4600 years ago! Mushrooms were so revered in Egyptian society that commoners were forbidden from touching them. Mushrooms were a food exclusively for royalty._ **4. Mushrooms were favourite dish for many roman emperors.** _Claudius, for example, liked Musrooms a lot!_ **5. Mushrooms can prevent cancer!** _Antioxidants help cells ward off free radicals and as such can help prevent many diseases, including cancer. The common white Mushroom contains more antioxidants than most vegetables, and even still there are species of Mushroom with even higher levels of antioxidants._ **6. Some Mushrooms can be really weird!** _Native to New Zealand and Australia, Clathrus archeri is also known as devil’s fingers. It is what’s known as a phalloid fungus. Unlike most of its fungi brethren, devil’s fingers doesn’t sprout straight from the earth. Instead, it begins life in a kind of egg sack. As it matures, the sack is breached by a number of terrifying red tentacles. At first glance,they look like some kind of demon reaching up from the underworld. The four arms are coated in a sticky, strong-smelling tissue meant to attract flies. However, the fungus is not carnivorous. Instead, it contaminates the flies with its spore, turning them into agents of dispersal._ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55uPjqevdoI

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