In fact, a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control that ranked 47 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” based on the density of 17 nutrients per calorie put watercress in seat numero uno.

Gram for gram, the flowery cruciferous vegetable contains more than four times as much beta carotene as an apple — a compound that research shows rivals self-tanner in its ability to improve skin’s complexion. And 100 grams (or about 3 cups chopped) the leafy green more than 75 percent of your recommended intake of vitamin C, a nutrient that’s shown to speed-up fat-burning.

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