Which Food Group, Mushrooms?

What food group are mushrooms in? -Marjie M.

Marjie:
Ha!…that’s a very good question, if speaking strictly biologically. Their chemical makeup would likely favor them being placed with vegetables as they are mostly water and fiber (albeit different fiber than that of plants), plus some important nutrients. But their reason for being–to put it teleologically–would make one want to place them with the fruits, as they are devices for the purpose of sexual reproduction, as are true fruits of plants (including tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and eggplants, thus anything with seeds). But, evolutionarily speaking, fungi are more closely related to animals like us (than they are to plants)…so does that more correctly place them in the meats group? Something to ponder indeed.

I’ll have to put this to the readership of FUNGI magazine! Thanks!

By the way, my own diet would likely raise eyebrows…I’ve my own personal Four Food Groups (essential to me, anyway), for which Irish coffee is about the only single food item containing all four: fats, caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.
-Britt

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