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8 Surprising Health Facts About Spinach

8 Surprising Health Facts About Spinach

Full of nutrients and delicious taste, spinach is a winter superfood. But what’s the best way to eat it? Read the following surprising facts about this leafy green:

  • 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.
  • Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! Just half a cup of cooked spinach will give you thrice as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach. That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use.
  • As an exception to the advice above, research studies show that taking spinach in juice form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Blend spinach with other vegetables or fruits to create a delicious glass of juice, or try a green smoothie.
  • There’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C. Mandarin oranges and cantaloupes spring to mind here. Another way to reduce the power of oxalic acid is to boil the spinach leaves for at least two minutes.
  • 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.
  • Do place spinach on your ‘organic shopping’ list, because the leaf tends to be sprayed heavily with pesticides that don’t come off with normal washing.
  • Everyone talks about the benefits of spinach in nourishing the eyes and building bones. What few know is that it also very good for digestion. Spinach eases constipation and protects the mucus lining of the stomach, so that you stay free of ulcers.  It also flushes out toxins from the colon.
  • Another lesser known benefit of spinach is its role in skin care. The bounty of vitamins and minerals in spinach can bring you quick relief from dry, itchy skin and lavish you with a radiant complexion. Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach juice has been shown to improve skin health dramatically.

Recipes to try:
Coconut Creamed Spinach
Super Spinach Enchiladas
Quinoa Spinach Gratin

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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3:15PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

love it!

8:51AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thanks

3:02PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Good to know, I love baby spinach. Thanks.

10:14PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Great information. Thanks.

5:01AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Thank you.

6:45AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for this information. While I knew that it was good for us I never knew all of the benefits.

3:54PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

i love it raw but the cooking thing is good to know

8:57AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Good stuff.

12:35AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Your articles support me a lot in all mediums of subjects.
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10:32AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thanks!

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