The benefits of spinach are many. Leafy greens like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food, when compared calorie for calorie.
Here are some spinach facts to consider:
1/ The nutritional value of spinach indicates it to be avery nutrient-dense food. It is low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. When you consume this healthy food, you don’t need to worry about your weight-loss diet as you take in abundant, good-for-you nutrients.
This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids.
2/ One of the benefits of spinach is that this green is readily available, nearly all over the world. Even though, with its abundant nutrient profile, it sounds like an amazing super food, it’s still easy to find in the market or easy to grow. In addition, it’s affordable.
3/ This is a versatile food. It can be eaten raw in a salad (and is much more nutritious than iceberg lettuce) or a spinach smoothie. Or it can be cooked (lightly, please) and eaten as a dish on its own or added to soups and other dishes. If boiling, use the least amount of water possible for the shortest time.
4/ Spinach is loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants, protecting the body from free radicals. Researchers have discovered at least 13 different flavonoid compounds that act as anti-cancer substances. The various nutrients offer much in the way of disease protection.
5/ Remember Popeye? He squeezed those cans of spinach into his mouth and instantly developed muscles and super strength. Well, he also may have been protecting himself against various illnesses and conditions.
7/ Some conditions that are identified as inflammatory, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma, may be helped because of the anti-inflammatory properties of some of the nutrients found in spinach.
8/ Studies have shown that consumption of green leafy vegetables such as spinach may slow the age-related decline in brain function. So, eat your greens and keep working those crossword puzzles to keep your brain young and agile.
9/ Have you heard of lutein? It’s a carotenoid found in spinach that is protective against eye diseases such as age-related cataracts and macular degeneration. There is some indication that it might be absorbed better if you eat it with a little fat, such as a sauce made with tahini, or the food that you’re eating it with may contain some fat.
10/ The mineral iron is particularly important for menstruating women and growing children and adolescents. In comparison to red meat, spinach provides a lot less calories, is fat and cholesterol free, and an excellent source of iron. Because iron is a component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all body cells, it’s needed for good energy.
11/ Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits. The way to get the best from the leaf is to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.
12/ It’s wiser to choose tender baby spinach leaves. The larger the leaves, the more mature they are and more likely to be tough or stringy. Also, spinach leaves that are placed under direct light in the stores have been found to contain more nutrients than those stored in darkness.
These are 12 wonderful benefits of spinach.
Try This amazing banana and spinach smoothie:
- Half a large or 1 small very ripe banana
- 1 C milk (any kind)
- Fresh baby spinach (Pack in as much as you want! I use 2 huge handfuls)
Just toss it all in the blender with a couple ice cubes and mmm… SO delicious!!
However, there are a few things to be aware of that might not be so wonderful to you:
- Some people in the world are allergic to spinach like with many foods.
- Spinach is one of the high pesticide-containing foods, so it’s important to eat organic spinach if you can, although it may be hard to find organic try speaking to your local grocers or supermarket.
- The oxalates in spinach may interfere with the absorption of calcium, as well as potentially crystallize. People who have kidney or gallbladder problems may want to be careful about eating this green.
- It’s possible that it can interfere with proper thyroid gland functioning, although cooking may reduce the goitrogenic compounds.
- Gout-prone people may be affected by the purines in this food.