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8 Benefits of Spinach: The First Superfood

Tips and Cautions:

Tip #1: Make sure you only choose organic spinach. Non-organic spinach is on the list of top foods with lots of chemical pesticides. You can assume that canned spinach is NOT organic. I can’t imagine anyone eating canned spinach anyway but since we mentioned Popeye I thought I had better mentions that.

Tip #2: Choose the GREENEST looking spinach you can find. Probably you would have anyway, but studies have shown that the greenest spinach has the most vitamin C.

Tip #3: Because spinach contains high levels of so many nutrients it also has significant levels of oxalic acid. This has been associated with kidney problems and interference with absorption of other minerals.

There is much debate whether the oxalates in spinach would have this kind of effect but just to be sure, if you have a pre-existing kidney problem, it’s better to consult your doctor before eating too much.

At Real Food For Life, we recommend that a person balance their body enough so that they can use their own bodies as a gauge on how much or little to eat of a particular food.

For example, I usually crave spinach but sometimes I just don’t want it in my body. I suspect that perhaps I have reached my limit for something, (like the oxalates) within the food.

This personalized approach to your nutrition is the easiest and ultimately the most powerful approach to nutritional choices. We explain this more in our “Three Secrets” report.

Recipes with Spinach:
Power Spinach Salad: You just HAVE TO know how to make a good spinach salad. This one is great.
Miso Soup with Spinach and Mushrooms: This is fast, tasty, and contains at least three powerfoods.
Diana’s Green Smoothie With a Difference: Watch video to learn how to make a green smoothie.

This article was co-authored with Randy Fritz

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:44AM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

Lurve SPINACH!

2:49AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Thank you :)

3:12AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Popeye was right

5:05AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Let's go and protect the green

7:23PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

cool

4:54AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Baby spinach just micro steamed or in a salad .... yum!

5:42PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Love spinach, always did. So many ways to make it. Yum yum yum

5:35PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Kids never ate Spinach or other healthy foods as they saw their parents not eating it. When a child is born it will eat any thing that's real food but when they are fed make believe foods then they lose the taste for real foods. This was prominate in the era of pushing artificial milk onto babies instead of breast milk and has snowballed ever since despite the efforts of Walt Disney cartoons trying to encourage children to eat properly.

5:29PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

pity we do not have any Popeye sailors around today on TV instead of big mac ads and other rubbish promotions from government down to the local dentist all spewing lies.

2:54AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks

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