Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Watercress

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Watercress We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “W”. Today’s ingredient is Watercress.

What is Watercress?

According to Wikipedia, watercress is a fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia.  Related to mustard and radish, it is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans.

Common names for Watercress

There aren’t many alternative names for watercress besides its genus name Nasturtium and the shorthand cress.  In practice, it is doubtful that many people, other than botanists, refer to it as anything other than watercress.

Why is Watercress included in dog food?

Watercress is used in dog food as a source of vitamins and minerals and as a flavor enhancer.

Is Watercress a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Watercress is not currently a common ingredient in dog food.  It is in a little over 1% of all dog foods.

Common benefits or risks of Watercress

Watercress is loaded with vitamins and minerals.  It is high in Vitamins C, A, B-1, B-2, B-6, and K, as well as the minerals Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, and Calcium.   Watercress is reported to have many health benefits including as a digestive aid, as an appetite stimulant, and possibly to help reduce the risk of some forms of cancer (e.g. colon, gastric).  Watercress contains quercetin a plant flavonol with anti-inflammatory benefits.

Miscellaneous facts about Watercress

In the United States in the 1940s, Huntsville, Alabama was locally known as the “watercress capital of the world”. Today, Oviedo, Florida in the United States is known by that title. Eating a bag of watercress is said to be a good cure for a hang-over 😉

Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

slimdoggy smileyWatercress gets the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to its supply of vitamins, minerals and its anti-inflammatory properties.

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  1. Love watercress! On our old farm one of the springs had tons of it… yum!
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  2. Mom just knows that from Asian food. She isn’t a big fan of it and as far as we know, us dogs have never had any.
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  3. I’m seeing an occasional watercress, blueberry, and ground chicken salad over some dry ACANA dog food for a summer dinner out on the deck! Thanks Slim…
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  4. Hmmm, I am with Emma…Ma doesn’t even like watercress. She doesn’t like the texture or something. I don’t think I have ever seen it as an ingredient in my food but now you got me wondering! BOL Thanks SlimDoggy Peeps, Jack and Maggie!
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  5. Mom eats watercress but neither of us knew it could be used in dog food! Thanks for all the info!
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  6. Wow! I’ve never heard of half these ingredients that you post about!! Its great to learn them all and find out what they are and if they are good for us or not.
    Cure for a hangover you say? Hmmm interesting Hahaha!
    ((Husky hugz))
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  7. I’ll have to see if Daisy likes watercress. She is NOT a fan of spinach or lettuce but you never know!
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  8. We love watercress but had no idea it was a dog food ingredient! Y’all never cease to amaze me!
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  9. We have added watercress to our kitchen garden, but hadn’t considered letting the dogs have at it. Thanks for the information.
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  10. I am fairly certain that I have not seen watercress as an ingredient in any food I have considered. Sounds like it would be a good addition. 🙂
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  11. Interesting if has some nice benefits wonder why it’s not in more foods then 1%. Thanks for sharing, your getting to the end of the alphabet, I wonder what’s next.
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  12. Wow… never knew! I’m going to look into this a bit more as a little part of their meals 🙂
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