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Eat mushrooms and live (a bit) longer
Edible mushrooms are health foods in many cultures. With good reason, according to an epidemiological study and a meta-study that appeared in Nutrition Journal. If you eat mushrooms, you probably live longer than if you don't eat mushrooms. Well - a little longer...
After Ba smoothing out the influence of all possible other factors with statistical calculations, he found that the study participants who ate mushrooms were 16 percent less likely to die than the study participants who never ate mushrooms. The association was not significant, but the trend was clear.
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When Ba aggregated and re-analyzed the results of the 5 study, he found that consuming edible mushrooms reduced the risk of death by 6 percent.
The mushroom intake was too low to find an association between the amount of mushrooms in the diet and mortality. Unlike in countries like China and Japan, Westerners only eat very small amounts of mushrooms. The average Westerner who eats mushrooms eats an omelet with a few pieces of mushroom every week. Which is, obviously, very little.
This probably also explains why the life-prolonging effect that Ba found was small.