Eat Your Weeds

By Charlie Nardozzi

Lamb's-quarter is a well-known weed in many vegetable and flower gardens across the country. While many gardeners spend hours pulling and hoeing this weed, maybe they should start eating it instead!

Researchers at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina analyzed the health-promoting chemicals found in lamb's-quarter (Chenopodium alba). The plants have long been known to contain many essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, beta-carotene, potassium, and B vitamins. However, researchers found that lamb's-quarter is also very high in flavonoids and antioxidants -- chemicals that fight various cancers in the body. Another important finding: Lamb's-quarter collected from cultivated fields had higher levels of these health-promoting chemicals than samples collected from non-cultivated areas.

For more information on this research, go to: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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