Not to be confused with chocolate confectionery which is also dark, rich and has the same name, we’re talking about the highly aromatic, healthy and natural type of fungus that grows in French and Italian countryside.
Though there may be many types of truffles that grow in various parts of the world, each with their own set of flavour and appearance, one thing they have in common is that they are highly nutritious and packed with health benefits.
Here are 5 incredible reasons to start eating more truffles:
1. Rich Nutrition Value
Truffles contain a lot of important vitamins and minerals for our bodies such as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and iron. They are also high in protein and fibre. In fact, studies have found that truffles may even be a complete source of protein, providing you with all the nourishment you need.
2. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important for our health as lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Because truffles are high in several antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Lucopene, they can help kill cancer cells and reduce inflammation in the body.
3. They are cholesterol-free
High cholesterol is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Truffles are a cholesterol-free food so all the more reason to load up.
4. Reduces inflammation
Research has suggested that truffles may help relieve inflammation and hence promote overall health, immunity and reduce the risk of infection, illness and chronic disease.
5. They’re low fat
Truffles are great for those who don’t want to eat too much fat or are aiming to keep their weight down. When dried, they only have about two to eight per cent of fat.
Note that research on the health benefits of truffles is limited to test-tube studies using only truffle extracts.