Your No. 1 'Powerhouse' Vegetable: Watercress
It tops list by researchers, ahead of Chinese cabbage, chard
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 7:05 PM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2014 9:41 AM CDT
Eat your watercress, say researchers.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Eat your watercress. So say researchers at New Jersey's William Paterson University who compiled a list of "powerhouse" foods based on their amounts of 17 crucial nutrients. They looked at both fruits and vegetables, but the latter dominated the list, notes the Washington Post. Watercress came in with a perfect score of 100, the only food to do so. Here is the top 10:

  1. Watercress (100)
  2. Chinese cabbage (91.99)
  3. Chard (89.27)
  4. Beet greens (87.08)
  5. Spinach (86.43)
  6. Chicory (73.36)
  7. Leaf lettuce (70.73)
  8. Parsley (65.59)
  9. Romaine lettuce (63.48)
  10. Collard greens (62.49)
Click to see the full list, published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Jun 8, 2014 11:08 PM CDT
I note that Kale, the new fad, is way down on the list. I also remember when Schraff's, the finest quasi- tea shop, soda fountain in New York in the 20s thru the 60s, always served watercress sandwiches with their high tea.
Jun 8, 2014 1:47 PM CDT
Your No. 1 BS Newser report.
Jun 8, 2014 11:00 AM CDT
You lost me when you said leaf lettuce. No way. Uhh, blueberries?