In addition to protecting heart health, this aromatic herb is also said to help prevent osteoporosis and other common conditions.

Almost all of us now know that nutrition is a decisive factor in the prevention of various diseases. A varied and balanced diet in macronutrients is indeed very important for the well-being and health of our body. Keeping this principle in mind, we have analyzed various foods on our pages, listing their benefits and contraindications.

Today again, in this article, we are going to analyze another very nutritious food, but which unfortunately not everyone knows. This is watercress, an aquatic plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Used in cooking since ancient times, its slightly spicy flavor goes very well with different dishes, as we will see in the last part of the article. In this phase, however, we will focus our attention on the nutritional properties of this aromatic herb and its possible health benefits.

In fact, in addition to protecting heart health, this aromatic herb is also said to help prevent osteoporosis and other common diseases.

If we consider raw watercress, we immediately notice that it provides very few calories. In fact, we only have 11 calories per 100g of watercress. Plus, it’s 95% water and is also a good source of protein (2.3g).

Its regular consumption, as reported in this study by Humanitas, would have been associated with the prevention of various pathologies and deficiencies. These include osteoporosis, anemia, certain cardiovascular diseases and vitamin A deficiency. Finally, this aromatic herb is an excellent source of:

  • beta-carotene, antioxidants, lutein/zeaxanthin and other phytonutrients;
  • vitamin K, which would promote good coagulation and the protection of neurons;
  • B vitamins, which are said to help maintain a healthy metabolism;
  • minerals, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which are said to protect the health of the heart and teeth.

However, watercress consumption may not be recommended if you have gastrointestinal ulcers or have kidney disease. Additionally, it may interfere with taking certain medications, such as muscle relaxants and blood thinners.

A recipe to sublimate watercress

Thus, we have just seen that in addition to protecting heart health, watercress would also help prevent other diseases. To these incredible beneficial properties must also be added its extreme versatility in the kitchen. Indeed, watercress can be used in various recipes, even simple and quick, such as a pie to be prepared on the fly in the oven. To make this second dish, perfect for serving at dinner, we will only need:

  • 4 eggs;
  • 500 g watercress;
  • half Tropea onion;
  • parsley;
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Process and cooking

First, wash the watercress and dry it. After that, finely chop half an onion and let it dry in a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Then add the watercress, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. After the necessary time, remove it from the heat and, once cooled, roughly chop it.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the eggs with a fork then add the watercress. Next, let’s start mixing everything together by adding a little more salt and pepper. Now we just have to pour the mixture into a saucepan, greased on the bottom and edges, and bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.

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