Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Power of Spinach

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"I'm strong to the finish, cause I eats my spinach!"  Popeye definitely had that right.  Spinach is known as the 'King of Leafy Greens" are there are many reasons why that is true.  It is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A,C, and K.  It is a great source of calcium, dietary fiber, folic acid (B 9) and even protein.  
Spinach is thought to have originated from ancient Persia, then spread to Nepal and on to China in the 7th century.  It is still known as "Persian Greens" in China.  According to the USDA, we consume 2-1/2 lbs per spinach per year per capita.  I'm pretty sure I consume that amount in a month along with all the other greens we enjoy.  
Many studies show that spinach has equal amounts (if not more) of protein than beef, chicken and pork without the fat or cholesterol.  This green superfood is so packed full of healthy benefits, its hard to list them all.  Here are a few:
*Low in fat and cholesterol.
*High in niacin, zinc and calcium.
*Iron, magnesium(lowers blood pressure), and manganese.
*Phosphorous, potassium, and copper.
*Flavonoids act as antioxidants protecting from free radicals, especially in our colons.
*The Folic acid supports a healthy cardiovascular system.
*Maintains brain function, mental clarity and memory.

Low in calories but packed with nutrients, it is easily adapted in vegetable drinks, smoothies, salads and lightly sauteed as a side dish.  In order to retain its iron content when cooking, lightly add a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar.

REMEMBER: Buy only organic grown spinach.
Most imported  grown spinach has levels of contamination of DDT., and even after being banned in 1972, soil that was sprayed stills has traces of DDT.

Farm-Fresh Organic Tatsoi Spinach

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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