My husband took me out to my favorite restaurant this weekend for my birthday: The Melting Pot. We’ve gone there every year for fifteen years. I absolutely love the cheese and chocolate fondue. This year we got the Alpine Cheese Fondue (which actually wasn’t as good as others I’ve had), Surf-n-Turf main course and Cookies & Creme Chocolate Fondue (the best I’ve ever had!)
My husband is allergic to shell-fish, so I ate the lobster tail and shrimp while he ate the steak and chicken. It was absolutely delicious! Even though I was celebrating my birthday, I still wanted to see if I could try one of the healthiest food on earth during my dinner out.
When I saw them bring out not just one, but two sauces containing horseradish, I knew what I had to do. I cannot stand horseradish. It has a horrible flavor that lingers in my mouth forever. It makes my mouth sweat, eyes water and tastes like feet. But, it had been a while since I last tried it and I figured I’d try it again since I’ve been surprised by liking many other foods that I previously hated.
I tried the horseradish infused cocktail sauce on my shrimp – Hated it. Then I tried the horseradish mustard on my lobster – Hated it. I really wish I liked horseradish so I could reap the health benefits of this bitter vegetable. I find the flavor entirely too overpowering, bitter and offensive. My husband loves it! He said that he could polish off an entire container of horseradish mustard with a bag of pretzels. Bleah!
I wish that I did enjoy horseradish because it is one of the richest sources of allyl isothiocyanate, which has been shown to suppress tumor growth. Horseradish belongs to the Cruciferae family, related to broccoli, cauliflower, kale and rutabaga. All of the foods in the Cruciferae family demonstrate powerful anticancer properties. Horseradish in particular has substantial quantities of glucosinolates, compounds that are the parent molecules of substances that increase human resistance to cancer.
It is interesting to note that horseradish is actually one of the few foods that actually improves with processing. It contains an enzyme that breaks down glucosinolates into other compounds that are really responsible for the anticancer benefits. You can find processed horseradish in cocktail sauce, horseradish mustard and wasabi.
For those of you who are sushi lovers, take note that research has shown that Japanese horseradish, otherwise known as wasabi, contains powerful health benefits including acting as an antidote to food poisoning and even killing stomach cancer cells!
However, I will NOT be adding this food to my regular rotation though. Even though Dr. Bowden says that a tiny amount of horseradish can offer the same benefit as a whole cup of broccoli, I’d much rather eat my entire cup of broccoli.
Have you ever had horseradish? Do you enjoy it? Please share!