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Health Benefits of Horseradish


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Horseradish is a spicy root vegetable with a surprising story.   While it is a common condiment for gefilte fish, you might be surprised to discover that it does more than just clear our sinuses.  Horseradish has been used for decades to treat a variety of ailments including flu symptoms, respiratory problems and urinary tract infections.  However, it has recently been discovered that horseradish can help the body get rid of cancer causing chemicals.

The horseradish plant is a member of the Brassicacae family, a group of plants including cabbage and broccoli.  All of the aforementioned edible plants are low in calories, high in fiber and high in glucosinolates, an anti-cancer ingredient.  While broccoli is well known for its cancer prevention properties, horseradish has ten times more glucosinolates.  Studies show that horseradish is one of the few medicinal vegetables where processing may actually improve the cancer fighting benefits.  So now you have another great reason to reach for the Gold’s horseradish in your refrigerator .

I want to share with you two new healthy and delicious horseradish recipes.

bloody mary gazpacho

This Bloody Mary Gazpacho is the perfect summer soup.  With or without alcohol, this low-calorie soup is packed with so many vegetables your body will be thanking you for days afterwards.  I combined the classic flavors of celery and horseradish, that make a perfect Bloody Mary, to complement this cold summertime tomato soup.



My friend Jay was telling me about this amazing meatloaf he made with BBQ sauce and horseradish recently.  While I’m not usually a meatloaf person, it sounded delicious.  I adapted his idea using ground chicken to save some calories and fat and I went heavy on the horseradish.  The combination was great and the possibilities are really endless for this simple dish.

Whether you like to use horseradish to top your burger, give your gefilte fish a little extra zing or spice up any of your favorite foods, heap on the horseradish!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of a partnership with Gold’s. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




10 Responses to Health Benefits of Horseradish

  1. Glad to know horseradish is healthy because I love it, everyone in my family loves it and I always have some — and use it — in my house.

  2. So interesting to read about the health benefits of horseradish. It can be used in so many ways… We love the idea of the Bloody Mary gazpacho with horseradish.

  3. I would like the recipe for the horseradish meatloaf in particular – thanks !

  4. T – I love your recipes and posts — always so inspiring not just in the kitchen but your writing make me want to be healthier :-) Luckily I love Gold’s Horseradish so I am ahead of the game on this one!

  5. I enjoy horseradish purely for the taste, so it was great reading about the health benefits as a reminder that it adds great flavor AND it’s healthy too!

  6. Had no idea there were health benefits. Awesome.

  7. Had no idea there were health benefits, that’s awesome. Just like BusyInBrooklyn I love the flavor too.

  8. I love learning about the health benefits of foods! Thanks so much!

  9. I love horseradish, so it is a nice side benefit that is has so many health benefits! That meatloaf sounds amazing, too bad my kids won’t eat anything even a little bit spicy.

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