Lately truffles have gained a lot of attention in the culinary world, becoming one of the favorite foods for chefs and lovers of good food.
Not to be confused with the chocolate products of the same name, truffles are a type of fungus that grows near the roots of some trees. The truffle cannot only be consumed individually, but is also used for the creation of derivative products.
However, there are different types of truffles, such as the black truffle, the white truffle, the summer truffle and the garlic truffle; each with small differences in flavor, appearance and price. In addition to their strong spicy aroma, truffles are also very nutritious, and have been linked to a number of strong health effects.
Truffles boast an impressive nutritional supply and are rich in many important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fibers, and contain both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as micronutrients such as vitamin C, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron.
Research also indicates that truffles can be a complete source of protein, providing all nine essential amino acids your body needs.
Always keep in mind that the nutritional profile can vary depending on the species consumed; for example, studies show that white desert truffles are richer in protein, fat and fiber than other types, such as the black desert species.
Rich in antioxidants and vitamins
Truffles are also an important source of antioxidants, compounds that help fight free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to cells.
Extensive research shows that antioxidants are important for many aspects of our health and may also be linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Although the exact quantities may vary between different species, truffles have been shown to contain high amounts of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, lycopene, gallic acid and homogentisic acid.
Thanks to their high antioxidant content which we have also talked about previously in great depth, the analyzes show that both black and white truffles can even help destroy cancer cells and reduce the risk of them reproducing in the future, causing to the affected subject further damage to the immune system.
It should be noted that this study was performed using highly concentrated truffle extracts, and the results obtained were so surprising that even numerous scientific bodies of great importance, but which until now had not been involved, began to investigate the matter.
How to integrate truffles into your diet
Once truffles were considered an expensive delicacy reserved for gourmet dishes, now there are many ways to add this precious mushroom to our diet without having to empty the bank account!
Widely available in specialty markets and online retailers, black truffles are one of the more common varieties and much more affordable than other types, such as the white variety.
It is not necessary to take huge quantities, even a few grams are enough to start enjoying all the benefits of the truffle.
Try to dress salads, soups or main courses with a few pieces of truffles for a tasty and above all healthy side dish.
Alternatively, you can mix a little truffle with olive oil or butter at room temperature, to be used in the daily preparation of lunches and dinners, without overdoing it of course.