Monday, July 22, 2013

Food Of The Day : Water Cress

Food Of The Day: Water Cress

"Super food:
1.Gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges do, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than bananas."
2. Eating watercress daily can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer, University of Ulster scientists revealed on (15 February 2013).
3. The research, published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that in addition to reducing DNA damage, a daily portion of watercress also increased the ability of those cells to resist further DNA damage caused by free radicals**.
4. reduction in blood triglyceride levels, by an average of 10%
5. significant increase in blood levels of lutein and beta-carotene, which have antioxidant activity, by 100% and 33% respectively(higher intakes of lutein have also been associated with a lower incidence of eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration).
6. Average intakes of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate and beta- carotene, were significantly higher during the watercress phase of the study."

"Though cultivated year-round, watercress is at its best and sweetest right now, before warmer weather brings on bitter-tasting blossoms and tougher stems".

Different ways to Enjoy..

1. Chop and mix it in Chapati Flour.
2. Water Cress Dhal
3. Water Cress and Cauliflower fry.
4. Add some spices to a Pureed Water Cress soup.
5. Water Cress, and Walnuts Salad

6. Finally, be innovative in the kitchen.