You may never have heard of kangkong but this ‘vegetable’ is a regularly delicacy in most homes in the Philippines.
This ‘vegetable’ has been labelled as a superfood and can be prepared in several ways. It can be boiled, stir-fried, roasted or steamed.
Some Filipinos use it in their local meal known as sinigang as well. While this ‘veggie’ is packed full of beneficial nutrients it has been discovered that kangkong is actually a noxious weed that is known to be significantly influential to the ecosystem and can prevent other crops from growing which then affects the food source of animals and livestock and eventually humans.
The peculiar thing with noxious weeds is that they are not intentionally grown but are usually brought into an ecosystem purely by accident. They are notorious for their ability to spread out and grow rapidly. It is also now known that they are actually hazardous to the health when consumed.
So What’s The Problem With Kangkong?
Kangkong is known to play host to a parasitic intestinal fluke known as Fasciolopsisbuski.
This parasite is believed to be found on the kangkong leaves in larval cysts that attach themselves to the leaves and go unnoticed but can be transferred to the intestinal tract of humans when the ‘vegetable’ is ingested and can cause a condition called fasciolopsiasis.
This parasite is also found in other water vegetables as well. When kangkong is consumed the larval cysts will discharge the parasite and they get into the intestinal tract of their human hosts and cling on to their intestinal walls and cause unpleasant irritation and discomfort such as allergic reactions, indigestion and stomach pains.
How Can You Limit Infestation Of Fasciolopsisbuski?
You can limit the infestation of this parasite by preparing your kangkong properly.
The best method of preparation for destroying the larval cysts and parasites is stir-frying and it is advised that if you cannot stop eating this ‘vegetable’ then you should prepare it in this way to avoid complications from Fasciolopsisbuski infestation.
Source: Weekly Healthy Life