Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: 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
Watercress gets the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to its supply of vitamins, minerals and its anti-inflammatory properties.