Kangkong or water spinach is a leafy vegetable that can be found in rice fields, swamps and streams. This is popular in most Asian countries especially in the Philippines, due to it's numerous healthy nutrients and vitamin, they consider this as a "super food."
Kangkung has many nutritional goodness such as a good source of protein, fiber, carbohydrate, vitamin C and E, also nicotinamide and riboflavin.
However, recently this is proven to be a noxious seed or can be pestilent to other crops, distinguished by agricultural authority. This is a kind of plant that are aggressive and multiply everywhere, quickly and without control and can adverse effect when ingested or through contact with it.
It has a crispy texture and can be bland if eaten alone, but is perfect to taste if combine with garlic and chili. However, be cautious on how you cook and eat Kangkong because you may end up with a case of Fasciolopsiasis.
Fasciolopsiasis buski, is a large parasitic intestinal fluke that can be found in larval cysts which is present in water spinach along with other vegetable.
If ingested by humans, the cysts will release the fluke that holds itself down to the wall of the intestine that cause ingestion, abdominal pain and allergic reactions. And in cases that are untreated immediately the results can be fatal.
How To Avoid This From Happening
Cooking it properly is the key. Fry or boil and prepare it good and proper before serving.
Source: Healthy Tips World