The Understated Watercress

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Media often create ‘celebrity vegetables’ dependant on what’s hot and what’s not for that particular month. Papers and digital publishers are quick to jump on the next new super-food, which often feels like a clever marketing campaign simply to whack up the prices. Yet, we often take for granted what’s right under our noses and not going to break the bank.

Last year I remember watching Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped programme, where the beautiful Kate Quilton looked into the modest yet powerful Watercress; the salad’s unsung hero. No longer is the battle between Kale and Spinach for the King of Greens, there’s a new contender in the mix, and there’s plenty of reasons as to why.

There’s a stack of goodness packed into watercress., including:

  1. It is a rich source of vitamins such as vitamin C, and Is jam-packed with minerals. What’s really interesting is it contains high levels of bone-building and strengthening vitamin K, and vitamin A, which is important for eye health.
  2. Watercress also holds significant levels of glucosinolate compounds and some studies now suggest that these have anti-cancer effects. Eating these compounds appears to help inhibit breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers.
  3. Packed with significant levels of iron, more so than Spinach, this salad leaf is a great source to help fight illness, improve blood circulation and support a healthy digestive system.

So next time you’re making a salad or sarny, consider this little salad base as a great way to pack yourself full of goodness. Check out some Salad Munching for recipes.


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