Americans love spinach! The consumption of this vegetable has been the highest since more than 35 years ago. That’s good news since spinach is really good for your health:
It is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Spinach is a super food for a variety of reasons. It’s very high in vitamins K, A, vitamin B complex, and E. It is also an excellent resource of iron, magnesium, copper, and folate. It contains at least a gram of protein and 8% of the daily recommended allowance for fiber.
It’s a very flexible vegetable. Spinach has a very versatile flavor that you can eat it in many different ways. It can be cooked, stir fried, added to soups, or steamed, especially with fish. It may also be blended along with some fruits and vegetables, making it a smoothie.
You can expose it to light. Some people are apprehensive to place their vegetables in tight containers and exposed in sunlight or any type of light. Spinach, on the other hand, seems to thrive very well in such conditions. In fact, its nutrient content is better than when the vegetable is stored in darker places.
It enhances the performance of your muscles. Popeye was right after all. If you want to build muscles, add spinach into your diet! In a study conducted by Swedish researchers, spinach enhances oxygen efficiency by as much as 5%. The key is in the high presence of nitrate. It also increases the production of nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels, vastly improving blood circulation in the muscles. For maximum effect, boost your spinach diet by around 300 grams.
It has a very low glycemic index. If you’re a person who is at risk of type 2 diabetes or has already been diagnosed with one, then you’ll find spinach to be really good for you since it has a very low GI. Moreover, a serving (around 30 grams) is only 7 calories.
- Spinach is considered to be a “dirty” food because of its possibly high contamination of DDT or chemicals. As much as possible, buy them organic.
- If you’re taking medications, ask your doctor if it’s okay to eat spinach to avoid contraindications.