October 23, 2008

White Fungus: The poor man's bird nest

Due to the prolonged coughing that I had recently, mom has suggested that I try to double-boil some white fungus with rock sugar and red dates to help relief the cough. According to her, she read somewhere that white fungus has similar nutritional value as bird's nest and can act as a good food to help strengthen the respiratory system.

I had to admit that I have a little bit of doubt but I tried it anyhow. Hubby as usual was laughing it off sarcastically.

So I decided to do some researching (on Google that is...).

White fungus
Source:http://botit.botany.wisc.edu


Bird's nest
Source: http://alibaba.com


First, here's what I found. Seems like a lot of people have been saying the same thing based on hear-say:

"Like the white fungus (the commoner calls it the poor man bird nest). The nutrition value & effect is abt the same as bird nest."
http://www.myhometown.sg/Forum/tabid/84/forumid/
7/postid/3665/view/topic/tpage/3/Default.aspx

"...yes, I heard the nutrition of this white dry fungus is 90% similar to expensive bird's nest."
http://biggestmenu.com/rdr/CA/Monterey-Park/
Mom's-Home-Cooking-1593391/
Dried-fungus-w-papaya-and-meat-soup-33114

"White fungus
(Nutrision for the body)
Nutrition professional believes that it has the nutrition as comparable to bird nest, and it's much cheaper too..."

http://www.malaysianbabes.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=3937


But I need more than that to convince me. So here are some articles I found which makes me think that perhaps there is truth in the above hear-says.

"White fungus contains much iron, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. The fat and gum like protein in it is especially nourishing to the body. It is considered a good supplement to the body. Stew white fungus with rock sugar lubricates the colon and stimulates peristalsis. Thus, it is a mild laxative for constipation patients. White fungus is also said to be effective in nourishing the lungs, healing dry cough and clearing heat in the lungs. Those who have weak lungs catch cold easily. Eating stewed white fungus with rock sugar and red dates helps strengthen the respiratory system and thus, helps prevent cold."
http://www.chinesefood-recipes.com/food_articles/
snow_fungus_medicinal_properties.php


"Rich in protein, calcium, iron and other nutrients, bird's nest is good for all, young and old, men and women, the sick and mother-to-be. The Chinese have been relishing bird's nest as medicinal gourmet food for centuries and believe it replenishes and nourishes the internal organs, speed up recovery from illness, and boosts overall well being. Of all, the most widely known benefit of consuming bird's nest is its ability to rejuvenate, restore youthfulness and ensure glowing and wrinkle-free complexion, the one reason sufficient to explain why it is such a hot commodity and luxury to the Chinese women. Last but not least, it tastes good too!"
http://www.chinesefood-recipes.com/food_articles/
birds_nest_chinese_cuisine.php


"Medicinal properties
Bird's nests are believed to act as a tonic for the lungs and can help keep the function of respiratory system homeostatic. They are also excellent for boosting the blood circulation system for children, patients in recovering stage, women after delivery and the old. Bird's nest soup is praised as a superb tonic so full of benefits that it is prohibited to add cooking oil or other seasonings to it.

A research
studying the bird's nest has found that it can help stimulate the process of the cell formation as well. In addition, the scientists of Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) have found that the following chemical compounds are contained in the bird's nest:
Water 5.11%, Protein 60.9%, Calcium 0.85%, Potassium 0.05%, Phosphorus 0.03%."

http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/thai_article/
2224_bird_nests/bird_nests.html

Is white fungus really the poor man's bird's nest?

6 comments:

Wen said...

Good research... then next time ppl can save plenty of money on bird nest by buying white fungus instead!!

kayel said...

so... any improvement on ur coughing?

Ethan said...

Thanks for the research, I drank 2 cans of White Bird Nest everyday, but had no idea what benefits I was getting. Taste quite good and I knew it was good for me. I thought about how disgusting this type of ingredients would be, but am better than that, it benefited me more to drink besides its hard to get a hand on these expansive drink.

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Chaeles Bagli said...

mann i love bird's nest soup too even IF its made from spit!!! <333

i eat it like once every monthish and used to bought from website hongkong-bird-nest.50webs.com/index_e.htm sometimes, my mom went back to hong kong and bought a full suitcase of it cause its cheaper there XD

Monica said...

I heard chemicals are used in preparing the birds nest. And of course, it's difficult to know whether you are paying for the real thing. So yeah, white fungus maybe the better way to go.