Most of us think of horseradish as the pungent and a bit spicy condiment we eat on the side of a slice of roast beef…right. Well think again. Horseradish has a multitude of healthy attributes and making horseradish a regular visitor to your dinner plate is a good idea.
Horseradish is a wonderful digestive aid so eating it along side of a slice of “hard to digest” beef helps your digestive system break down the meat in your gut.
Because of the high level of glucosinolates, horseradish helps detox the liver of carcinogens. It has been studied and found that it aids in the prevention of many cancers such as lung, colon and rectal cancers.
Horseradish is effective against infections. It destroys bad bacteria that cause bronchitis, colds, ear infections, flu, strep throat, urinary tract infections and pneumonia.
Horseradish helps with digestion by helping the intestines secrete digestive enzymes and stimulates appetite.
Horesradish is a good pain reliever in that it stimulates blood flow to the skin’s surface helping with headaches. It can be topically applied to the skin to soothe muscle pains and joint inflammation. If you have a tooth ache chew some horseradish. It will help.
Horseradish helps with sinusitis. Have you ever put some horseradish in your mouth and felt that incredible buzz that climbs up the back of your neck and into your sinuses. It is very powerful at cleaning out the sinuses.
Horseradish also has a high level of vitamin C which makes it a powerful immune booster.
As a vegan, I don’t eat roast beef but I find ways to enjoy horseradish in my diet. I use it in dips, on veggie sandwiches and it can certainly add flavor to many recipes. You can add horseradish to cocktails such as Bloody Mary’s or Bloody Caesar’s. Horseradish is great mixed into cabbage and potato salads. Add horseradish to barbecue sauce to add a zip to your grilled foods. Add horseradish to your mashed potatoes. Mixing horseradish with cream cheese makes a great cracker spread. Instead of using fattening butter on your veggies put a little horseradish on top and rest assured that you are not consuming extra calories as you would be if you were using butter. If you like devilled eggs mix a bit of horseradish in the mayo and egg yolk before replacing it in the egg white portion.
Horseradish is very low in calories, containing only 6 calories in 1 tablespoon, zero fat grams and contains potassium and calcium and phosphorous and Vitamin C.
BAKED CARROTS IN HORSERADISH SAUCE
12 carrots, sliced and blanched
1/2 cup vegan or regular mayonnaise
2 tbsp. grated onion
2 tbsp. horseradish
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
HORSERADISH POTATO SALAD
6 medium sized red skin potatoes, boiled and diced
1/2 fresh English cucumber, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
1 tbsp. horseradish
5 tbsp. vegan or regular mayonnaise
Mix all ingredients together and chill for 2 hours before serving. You could serve this warm as a side dish if you like.
Get a jar of fresh horseradish into your refrigerator soon and start experimenting with this powerful food. I prefer to buy Bubbie’s brand horseradish in the refrigeration section of the health food store. That way I know I’m getting preservative free fresh prepared horseradish. A definite health booster.