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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Spinach

Sometimes a little knowledge is just confusing. For instance, many of us know by now that spinach is incredibly anti-carcinogenic. With more than 13 distinct flavinoids in every serving, spinach helps counter free radicals in our bodies.

Guess who never cared a lick about free radicals in his body? Guess who can’t even pronounce flavinoids? That’s right. Popeye the Sailor Man. The only thing he knew about spinach was, when he ate a can of it, he could pretty much ruin Bluto’s whole day.

Moms have been telling their kids (and Popeye) to “eat your spinach” for decades. But human knowledge of the distinct health benefits of this green leafy vegetable goes all the way back to ancient Persia where spinach was used to treat lung and throat ailments. 

Abundant in supply and rich in protein, Green Giant® Fresh Spinach is one of the most readily available super foods to add to your culinary repertoire. Did you know that just one serving (that’s 10 calories) packs over half of the Vitamin A you’ll need for an entire day?

Certain foodies and health nuts may tell you that microwaving spinach spells cheating for a number of reasons. However, according to an article in The New York Times, Cornell University scientists found that spinach retained nearly 100 percent of its folate when cooked in a microwave oven, yet lost about 77 percent when cooked on a stove!

Doctors recommend that women of reproductive age consume a daily minimum of 400 to 800mcg of folate or folic acid per day. Folate and its synthetic, folic acid, are vital to not only the creation of, but also the protection of both DNA and RNA – the building blocks of cells. Thus, a little spinach in the microwave oven might be a wonderful option to nourish you and your family in this ”fast” food world.

  • Cooking With Spinach – Tip No. 1: Make spinach more kid-friendly by adding it to your favorite savory muffins. Any mildly spicy, cheesy muffin will benefit from the addition of some coarsely chopped spinach. Our favorite is the Cheese and Spinach Muffin recipe – great for breakfast, snack, dessert or an accompaniment to your favorite soups and chilies.

Unlike Popeye, popping spinach won’t instantly plump up your muscles or turn your hands into anvils. But Popeye’s popping biceps may help sell this green machine to your kids.

In just 100 grams, spinach packs a whopping 23 mg of Vitamin C, 2 mg Vitamin E, 5 mg Iron and only 17 calories! The alimentary fiber in spinach protects against constipation and colon cancer while contributing to detoxification of the lower digestive tract. Its impressive magnesium profile can help reduce your risk for diabetes.

  • Cooking With Spinach – Tip No. 2: This iron and protein rich leafy delight can be prepared as simply as a quick sauté with garlic and olive oil or eaten raw as the base of a wonderful salad. For maximum health benefit and absorption, spinach should be consumed raw with some form of fat such as olive oil, nuts or cheese for those without sensitivities to dairy or lactose.

Is there anything this leafy green can’t do?

Maybe. For instance, if you’re having trouble with your kidneys, gallbladder or you suffer from hepatitis, the oxalic acid in spinach is probably not for you — at least in high doses. Check with your doctor, though, just to be sure.

  • Cooking With Spinach – Tip No. 3: Clean spinach is good spinach, and a simple rinse may not be enough. Be sure to rinse and gently scrub each leaf between thumb and forefinger. Drain and place on a paper towel or two, with another on top to absorb excess water. When storing, place unused spinach atop two clean, dry paper towels and cover with another. Replace towels as you use the spinach. Store up to one week in the refrigerator.

A low-cost, high-value product, spinach should be an almost every day affair in most homes. Prevent disease, promote health, enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits and savor the flavor of spinach today.

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    ‘Moms’ is plural – not posessive. As in “Mom’s purse”. It greatly discredits your company when your website cannot properly run a grammar check.

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