5 Reasons to Eat Spinach Regularly

Not only is spinach delicious but it has an incredible ability to restore energy, improve vitality, improve the quality of the blood as well as help prevent disease.

In truth, a lot of people aren’t too keen on spinach, perhaps largely due to past experiences and memories of sitting at the dinner table trying to chew through a lump of boiled greens.

Fortunately, times have changed and these days, there are countless ways to prepare and use spinach in recipes that make this nutrient-packed vegetable a delicious option for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Eat Spinach

  1. Spinach contains twice as much iron as other greens.
  2. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, carotenes, vitamin C and folic acid.
  3. Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary lutein which makes it important in promoting healthy eyesight and preventing macular degeneration.
  4. Spinach is one of the most alkaline-producing foods which makes it excellent in helping to regulate the body’s pH.
  5. Like other vegetables that contain chlorophyll and carotene, spinach provides strong protection against cancer. In addition to carotenes, researchers have discovered at least 3 flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and anti-cancer agents. A study done on adult women living in New England in the 1980s showed the intake of spinach to be inversely related to the incidence of breast cancer i.e. the higher the intake of spinach, the lower the rate of breast cancer. 1

Quick Serving Ideas For Spinach

  • Have sautéed spinach and a poached egg for breakfast.
  • Use baby spinach in your salads instead of lettuce. Baby spinach with roast sweet potato cubes, feta, walnuts and olive oil is delicious. The salad variations using spinach are endless.
  • Lightly sauté spinach with a little butter, garlic and onion.
  • Make an open sandwich with rye bread, sautéed spinach and top it with drizzle of lemon juice, 1 tbs crumbled feta and a sprinkle of pine nuts.
  • Make up a batch of spinach soup.

Safety of Spinach

  • Spinach is high on the list of vegetables containing pesticide residue so it’s best opt for organic is you’re able. In addition, commercial spinach is most often irradiated. If you aren’t able to buy organic, be sure to wash the leaves very thoroughly before eating them.
  • Spinach contains a high level of oxalate so anyone who has a history of high oxalate-containing kidney stones shouldn’t eat too much of it.
  • Spinach also contains purines so it is best avoided by those who suffer from gout.

References: 

  • The Encyclopaedia of Healing Food, Murray. The New Whole Foods Encyclopaedia, Wood  
  • The Encyclopaedia of Healing Food, Murray.   

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