Do you often eat horseradish? Do you use it as a seasoning for different dishes? Or does its peppery taste scare you? Like anything with a different taste, horseradish is one of the super useful plants, but it is not used very often.
If you're one of those people who don't use horseradish in your kitchen, here is the plan: to tell you what it is good for and change your mind about it at the end of this article.
First of all, horseradish has a strong antioxidant property. Antioxidants have a beneficial effect on the body by destroying free radicals from the body - toxins, heavy metals, toxic compounds that release oxides and endanger the body. In this way, antioxidants protect against serious diseases, including cancer.
The other beneficial property of horseradish is that it supports the activity of the digestive system, since the volatile substances in horseradish stimulate the secretion of saliva and thus stimulate the digestive enzymes.
Horseradish also has antiseptic properties. It destroys parasites and bacteria in the body. By consuming horseradish, we protect ourselves from infections and diseases and strengthen our immune system.
Another plus for horseradish is its antispasmodic effect on the body. By eating horseradish, we reduce pain, if we experience any. All these properties of horseradish make it an extremely useful product that we should consume more often, despite its spicy taste.
In addition to all the benefits, I must also tell you about the risks of horseradish consumption. When cutting or grating horseradish, avoid contact with the face and especially the eyes, because it can cause skin inflammation.
If you have more sensitive skin, don't risk it and wear kitchen gloves when cutting horseradish.
Horseradish should not be consumed by:
- Children under 4 years of age;
- Pregnant and lactating women can consume, but in small quantities;
- People who have kidney problems, as horseradish has diuretic properties.
If you are already convinced that you should consume horseradish, then let me also tell you how to choose and store horseradish.
Choose roots that are undamaged and softened. It is better to buy smaller horseradish roots. Fresh horseradish is firm and has a fresh appearance. If the tips of the roots have grown, this is also a sign that the horseradish has been in the store for some time.
When you buy fresh horseradish, store in a paper bag in the refrigerator. If you have stockpiled more, you can cut it up and freeze it in the freezer - that way you will have it for a longer period.
How to prepare horseradish?
One tablespoon of grated horseradish root is poured with 400 ml of boiling water and left to stand for 1 hour.
Drink 1 coffee cup of the extract prepared this way 4 times a day before meals.
400 g of grated horseradish roots are mixed well with 500 g of honey. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture prepared in this way before each meal. Application also finds freshly squeezed horseradish juice, as well as the porridge of freshly and finely grated horseradish root.
It is absolutely a must to pay attention to the dosage when using horseradish as a remedy.
And of course if you are not sure, consult with a herbal specialist.
Horseradish in a dish?
Horseradish is perhaps the most pungent of all flavor crops. The root has a pungent smell. Its taste is sweet at first, later sharp and burning. Horseradish roots are used as a seasoning for meat and vegetable dishes, as well as to improve the taste of the food.
It is used in chopped or grated form. Its sharp taste can be reduced by adding sour cream and apples. It is added to various mayonnaises, cottage cheese, and yogurt. These mixes are served with meat, fish, and cold snacks.
A mixture of grated horseradish with cream or with apples, water or wine is just an amazing seasoning for a fish dish.
And yes, it is great to have it in our daily diet. You can try and decide if it is a good addition to your wellness.
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