SPINACH – Why Eat It?
Spinach, like most leafy greens, is loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Add in lutein and a couple of other big Scientist type words, like bioflavanoids, etc., and it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Popeye ate his spinach, but honestly, why should you?
Well, the high calcium makes it a great choice for starters. Add in a hefty dose of Vitamins A, C, K, fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients that help to control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine, a protein that damages arteries. So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.
Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration. Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer. So, we should all be eating lots of fresh, home grown spinach!