How Hollandia Produce, L.P.’s Watercress Can Help You Avoid Chronic Diseases

Our zesty watercress has always been a tasty favorite to add a little spice to any recipe, but who knew it was also one of the highest vegetables in nutrient density. In a new study naming powerhouse fruits and vegetables, our watercress has been named a category leader in nutrition.

grower-pete's-organic-watercressThe study, which was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was conducted by Jennifer Di Noia, a researcher from the William Paterson University in New Jersey. Di Noia conducted the study, in order to provide a clear definition for “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” that are known to contain the highest amounts of crucial nutrients needed to avoid chronic diseases. It looked at fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, zinc, and Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K, the 15 nutrients considered of public health importance by The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and Institute of Medicine. “It is a nutrients-to-calories ratio that expresses the means of percent daily values for the qualifying nutrients the food provides per 100 calories, so the higher-ranking foods provide more nutrients-per-calories,” explained Di Noia.

Of the 41 fruits and vegetables identified as meeting the criterion, watercress topped the list. That’s right ladies and gentlemen our organic watercress is at the top with a perfect density score of 100, now who can top that? Watercress-nutrient-dense-vegetable

Earlier this year our cress products including Live Gourmet ® Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Watercress, were certified as antioxidant-rich Superfoods by SCS Global Services, a certifier of food quality and safety. SCS confirmed that these greens not only contain cancer fighting antioxidants but also support eye health, with their high levels of lutein. This study validates our own third-party research and recent Superfood certification, as well as helps you make more informed choices about foods that can positively impact your overall health.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab some watercress to add to your favorite meal today, and start strengthening those biological binoculars, absorbing your necessary vitamins and minerals, and kicking those cancer-causing compounds right out.

How to Celebrate National Fruits and Vegetables Month & Improve Your Health

 

live-gourmet-butter-lettuce June is national fruits and vegetables month! What better way to celebrate than by indulging in these delicious and nutritious gifts from the Earth?  The USDA recommends we eat about five servings of fresh produce every day.  With longer and lighter dining this summer, why not replace one meal a day with a healthy salad, wrap, or green smoothie? Here are ten reasons to add fresh greens to your summer diet.

 

  1. Lettuce contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, which together, help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, and help protect your heart.
  2. Watercress is rich in antioxidants and can also help support eye health due to its high levels of lutein.
  3. Lettuce is low in calories, with only about 12 per shredded cup, so it is a great food to eat in order to help lose weight.
  4. Watercress is a great source of Vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can also help prevent or relieve symptoms of colds and flus.
  5. Lettuce leaves contain lactucarium, a natural relaxant and sedative, to improve sleep.
  6. Lettuce and other greens are usually eaten raw, which increases your micronutrient intake.
  7. Lettuce has a low glycemic index at just 15, which can help lower the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.
  8. Lettuce is high in fiber which aids digestion and can also help with weight loss.
  9. Lettuce contains minerals known to help remove toxins and balance your alkaline and acid levels. This balance is known to help improve energy and immunity by promoting healthier teeth, gums and cells. It can also help reduce pain and inflammation and slower aging.
  10. Watercress is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables there are, in regard to a nutrient-to-calorie ratio.

As you can see just by looking at some facts about fresh greens, fruits and vegetables are vital to maintaining good overall health.  So there’s no excuse not to head to the store and pick up an array of fresh produce to enjoy today!

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Eat More Leafy Greens for Better Nutrition

Eat Lettuces and Leafy Greens for better nutritionLive Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens not only taste delightful but are healthy too! Live Gourmet lettuces have the roots attached to maintain the crisp and delicious taste to stay fresh for days. We recently read an article on HortiDaily.com that shared, “green leafy vegetables are chock full of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.”  For better nutrition, go to your local market and pick up some greens and make a delicious salad to fill your appetite.  To learn more about leafy green nutrition, here are more highlights from the article:

  • Many health professionals believe that leafy green vegetables deserve a special focus in the produce world for the volume of nutrients tucked into their low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic index package.live-gourmet-living-upland-cress
  • The article also shared that, “the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the benefits of dark green vegetables on the basis of color, and recommends incorporating at least three cups (cooked, or 6 cups raw) in your diet every week, based on 2,000 calories per day.”
  • Also stated, “greens, such as collard and mustard greens and spinach, are rich sources of vitamins A, C, K and folate — a water-soluble B vitamin that supports cell production, such as for hair, skin and nails, and may protect against diseases.”
  • Many varieties of vegetables supply 20 to 30 percent of your daily recommendation for calcium in a one-cup cooked serving.
  • The article also featured information from DetroitNews.com that shared, “all of these antioxidants and nutrients in leafy green vegetables work together to fend off illness. Consumption of these vegetables is linked to protection against mental decline, and better heart, bone and eye heal­th. At near 25 calories per one-­cup serving (uncooked), adding leafy green vegetables to your daily diet is an excellent way to promote long-term health.”