Food of the Week: Spinach

Interesting Facts about Spinach 

 

  •   1 cup of spinach has more than 100% of the needed daily intake of Vitamin A which gives our skin a healthy glow as well as helps protect our bodies against infection.

  •  1 cup of cooked spinach has well more than 100% of our RDA of Vitamin K which is essential to the density and strength of our bones.

  •  Spinach contains important antioxidants, such as Vitamins A, E and C as well as some minerals such as manganese and zinc. These antioxidants fight off the onset of osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

  •  The Vitamin K found in spinach helps produce an essential fat which surrounds the Myelin Sheath around our nerves, promoting a healthier nervous system. 

  •  The flavonoids found in spinach have powerful anti-cancer benefits.

  • Spinach has only a small amount of calories…1 cup of raw spinach has 7 calories and 1 cup of cooked spinach has 41 calories. 

  • 1 cup of spinach as about 1/5 of the recommended daily value of potassium which helps keep our blood pressure under control and also helps maintain a healthy amount of electrolytes in our body.

  • Spinach contains lutein, which is a natural pigment in spinach. When eaten, the nutrient accumulates in the retina of our eyes and acts as an antioxidant, preventing the damage free radicals cause.

  •  Choose spinach with dark green leaves with no yellowing at the base of the plant. The darker the leaves the more nutrient rich they are. 

 FUN FACT: Spinach is originally from Ancient Persia (now Iran).


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