I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
When I sat down to type this one out, it took me a while, not because it was a difficult article because I ended up watching way too many episodes of Popeyes ( toot toot!), moving on.
Spinacea oleracea or spinach as we know it is an edible flowering plant, a native of Central and Southwestern Asia. It was called ‘Persian vegetable” in China. Spinach has a high nutritional value. It is an excellent source of vitamin A ( helps keep hair moisturized and makes bodily tissues), vitamin C (makes collagen), vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, folate, iron, and beta-carotene (which lowers the risk of asthma).
Spinach contains iron absorption-inhibiting substances, including high levels of oxalic acid which can make most of the iron unusable to the body, when iron and oxalic acid combine making ferrous oxalate (to solve this problem, combine fruit with high levels of vitamin C). Spinach also has a moderate content of calcium. There are three types of spinach:
- Savoy: These fresh bunches sold in markets have dark green and curly leaves
- Flat leaf spinach: Broad and smooth leaves
- Semi-savoy: These slightly crinkled leaves have the same texture as savoy and are grown for fresh market and processed usage.
Some of the possible benefits of spinach include; lowering blood pressure; due to its high potassium contact spinach is recommended to people with high blood pressure as potassium neutralizes sodium. Spinach has an antioxidant known as alpha lipoic acid which lowers blood glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity. Spinach helps keep bowel movements regular due to high iron, fiber, and water content.
Baby spinach is tender compared to the larger leaves, as the leaves grow they become stringy and a little tough. Spinach is one of the few vegetables that of which nutrients increase when cooked. This leaf is said to keep one’s brain young and agile ( get a bowl of spinach and sit with your Rubik’s cube, now!). Spinach can possibly protect one from eye diseases due to a carotenoid found in the vegetable.
My favorite form of spinach is raw, a bowl full of baby spinach with avocados and cucumbers. The use of spinach in salads enables us to utilize its nutritional value to the maximum. You can check out the salads section in order to find some good salad recipes. We’ll be posting a follow-up to this post to share spinach recipes with you.