Shimeji Health Benefits – See more about this food

The is a type of mushroom whose origin goes back to Asia. Despite this, it is one of the most consumed edible mushrooms across the planet. Its scientific name is Lyophyllum shimeji ( hon-shimeji ). It is considered one of the most delicious in Japan and it is not by chance that it is found in several dishes of the world’s gastronomy. Even for that reason, the cultivation of shimeji has crossed the eastern borders and is carried out in several places nowadays.

In Brazil, it tends to appear a lot in Japanese food rodízios. After all, who has never tasted that portion of shimeji in butter that comes before the main courses of an oriental meal? It’s very tasty, isn’t it?

But know that this delicacy can be consumed in many other ways. In addition, it is important to emphasize that its consumption can represent countless benefits to human health, as the shimeji mushroom gathers several nutritional properties that are fundamental for our body.


Shimeji’s properties are so great that it provides many positive things for those who consume it regularly. To give you an idea, there are almost no calories in shimeji: 100 grams of the product will add merely 22 calories, that is, it is a food that fits among the low-calorie ones. In addition, the amount of carbohydrate in the mushroom is small and the protein is considered to be medium. See the nutritional value of shimeji below:

  • Energy value 22 calories;
  • Carbohydrates 3.3 grams;
  • Proteins 7.3 g branches;
  • 0.2 gram total fats;
  • 0.1 gram saturated fats;
  • 0.1 gram polyunsaturated fats;
  • 0 gram monounsaturated fat;
  • Dietary fiber 4.5 grams;
  • Calcium 2.7 grams;
  • 1.2 milligram iron;
  • Sodium 17 milligrams;
  • Potassium 398 milligrams.

As can be seen, the shimeji mushroom has very little concentration of fat, at the same time it has a large amount of fiber, as well as expressive numbers of potassium. These elements are very positive for the human body, which we’ll talk about next.


The high nutritional levels, the low calories and the other elements that make it up to allow the benefits of shimeji to be enormous, almost invaluable for our health.

1.Rich in vitamin B12 – A very clear example of this is the fact that shimeji is rich in vitamin B12, ideal for vegetarian people, who may miss this element in their daily diet. It’s such a good source of protein, minerals and fiber that it’s practically as rich as red meat, which is another good thing for vegetarians. Another important point of this vitamin is that it helps improve memory and concentration, as well as acting positively in the production of melatonin.

2. Strengthens immunity – Consuming shimeji in regular amounts strengthens the immune system against infectious diseases, viruses, bacteria and also helps prevent cancer. Another peculiarity of this mushroom is that it helps make bones stronger, as it has plenty of vitamin D, essential for fixing calcium in the skeleton. Thus, the consumption of shimeji is an important element in fighting osteoporosis, which weakens bones over the years.

3. Rich in Potassium – Shimeji helps the cardiovascular system to get stronger. In addition, potassium has a direct action on sodium, causing a hypotensive effect on blood vessels, which makes them more relaxed, which will impact a reduction in blood pressure.

4. Good functioning of the digestive system – The fibers contained in the mushroom are also responsible for providing a good functioning of the digestive system, as it helps in the formation and movement of fecal cake through the small and large intestines. Shimeji consumption helps to combat constipation as well as reversing bloated stomach problems. Besides, of course, it helps with weight loss.


Shimeji and shitake are very popular in our cuisine. There are several shimeji recipes that can be quite tasty and at the same time healthy, such as the shimeji risotto. There are two types on the market, the white shimeji and the black shimeji, the latter being the most common to be found.

One of the best known recipes is the shimeji in butter, which is on the menu of Japanese food rodízios, so popular in large Brazilian cities. But how to make shimeji in butter? Well, you will need 200 grams of the mushroom, two tablespoons of butter, one teaspoon of sugar, two tablespoons of soy sauce and two tablespoons of chopped chives. With that in hand, it’s time to prepare the shimeji.

First, wash the shimeji well and separate them roughly by hand. Place the butter in a skillet or high pot over medium heat. Throw in the shimeji, mix and let it cook for two minutes. Add the sugar and soy sauce, mix and let it cook for five minutes – it shrinks a lot in this step. Remove from heat, finish with the chives and serve.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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