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Watercress Tops List of ‘Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.’ Who Knew?
Washington Post ^ | June 5 | Lenny Berstein

Posted on 06/06/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Anyone who’s paying attention knows it’s a very good idea to eat green, leafy vegetables and colorful citrus fruits. Over time, research has shown their association with reducing cancer and chronic disease. In fact, most of us know that we should be consuming multiple helpings of these foods each day. (Here is a handy calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that helps you figure out how much you need.)

But which vegetables are best? Fads come and go as quickly as that kale in your fridge. One day it’s broccoli, the next cabbage. And how do you compare the benefits of vegetables versus fruits?

Researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey have done all of us a big favor by producing a list of 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” ranked by the amounts of 17 critical nutrients they contain. In a study published Thursday in the CDC journal “Preventing Chronic Disease,” the foods are scored by their content of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium,  folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients, all considered important to public health.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: fruits; nutrion; vegetables; watercress

1 posted on 06/06/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

My Grandmother knew. Her Cress salads were a legend in the family. At one time when I was a kid, there was a pristine spring across the road. But the cattle industry up the valley has turned that spring into a cholera trap.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 4:15:44 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: nickcarraway

The texture of them turn me off terribly.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: nickcarraway

The list shows sweet potatos second from the bottom in nutritional value.

Do a search on the nutrition of sweet potato and find it ranks highest in nutritional value.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 4:28:42 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: MHGinTN

My grandmother picked wild watercress too. Would take her children on little picnics by a very small river.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 4:30:32 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t even find it here in Colorado, but I’ve only looked for it online. Might have to go to Sprouts, or something.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 4:42:08 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: nickcarraway
the list:

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7 posted on 06/06/2014 4:43:16 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Watercress is great in eggs. Thanks nickcarraway.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 4:48:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway

Sometimes I watch the show, “The Monster Inside Me”. (Completely gross.) One episode was about some disgusting parasite people had, and one of the main methods to get it is through watercress. Nasty.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 4:49:37 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: PieterCasparzen

I had a spinach salad for brunch and am having fuax mint ice cream for this evening’s dessert ... baby spinach, two frozen bananas, a dash of coconut milk, in a blender with a quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract. Add ice cubes if you like it softer.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 4:51:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

I see dandelion greens on the list. All my older Italian relatives seem to love that stuff, but as Junior Soprano said in disgust, “it’s like eatin’ red fescue.”


11 posted on 06/06/2014 4:58:54 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

I don’t see cheesecake anywhere on the list? (Who wants to eat weeds? If the good Lord wanted me to graze on grassy stuff, He’d have given me four stomaches and a nice long tail.). :)


12 posted on 06/06/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Compare to ranking on the bitterness scale: Same


13 posted on 06/06/2014 5:04:49 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: nickcarraway

What, no bacon?


14 posted on 06/06/2014 5:07:17 PM PDT by workerbee (`)
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To: nickcarraway

I have cress and quite a few of the others in my garden. I love greens of all types!

And ‘maters. Heirloom ‘maters.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 5:12:22 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: workerbee

Greens and bacon.

One of the good Lord’s gifts.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 5:14:16 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Cold Heart
The list shows sweet potatos second from the bottom in nutritional value.

They are really high in vitamin A (283% of the recommended daily allowance per 100 grams), but the method caps that value at 100% so most of it doesn't count. They're not very high in other nutrients.

17 posted on 06/06/2014 5:25:06 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Cold Heart

Yeah, that’s a pretty selective list of nutrients they’re covering.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 5:34:51 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: workerbee; KosmicKitty
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19 posted on 06/06/2014 5:35:00 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

the list:

That’s what food eats.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 5:43:08 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: nickcarraway

Raw kale either depletes your levels of potassium or doesn’t allow them to be used which can contribute to high blood pressure.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 6:08:53 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: MayflowerMadam

That show is the Devil.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 6:21:47 PM PDT by EEGator
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