Spinach may not suit everybody’s taste buds, but it is one of the most nutrient rich vegetable helping in balancing out various nutrient deficiencies in the body. We have listed out some of the benefits of spinach and also tried to provide clarity on various myths associated with this wonder vegetable, also called a “longevity vegetable” due to high composition of antioxidants.
Why is spinach good for you and what are the health benefits of spinach?
- Spinach is a source of high level of antioxidants; vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and folic acid (it is water soluble vitamin B).
- The dietary antioxidants in spinach delay ageing process by stopping oxidative cellular damage which is the major factor in determination of longevity in living beings. Oxidative cellular damage is caused because of oxidation of body cells as it causes more wear and tear of the body cells.
- Vitamin A also called “anti-infective vitamin” because it plays a crucial role in body’s immune system. Vitamin A is good for eyes as it protects damage of lens and retina.
- Spinach also has anti-cancerous effects which help in prevention of cancers. Folic acid present in it has anti-cancerous effects. Folic acid also helps in prevention of heart diseases.
What is the nutrition value of spinach?
Spinach consists more than 91% of water with raw 100 gram of spinach comprising around 23 grams of calories. Spinach has around 2.9 grams of proteins which is equivalent to half of one fully boiled egg, while the 100 gram of raw spinach consists around 3.9 grams of carbohydrates which is way lower than a loaf of bread consisting around 12 grams of carbs.
Need to take care: Nutritional Value of spinach is high when it is taken fresh.
Can you eat spinach raw?
Well, there are lot of questions around consumption of spinach raw. Yes, it can be eaten raw as it is packed with lot of nutrients, however generally make sure that softer young leafs of spinach are taken raw as a salad while the older leaves are consumed when they are cooked properly. Eating cooked spinach helps in better absorption of calcium and iron.
Need to take care: Spinach has higher oxalate content which can create issues to people who are prone to developing kidney stones. Generally, oxalates binding with the calcium are excreted but according to the National Kidney Foundation in some cases they get accumulated in kidney as calcium-oxalate fragments and forms kidney stones.
How much fiber is there in fiber?
Spinach is a rich source of insoluble fiber, which is very helpful in digestion and prevents constipation.
Myths about spinach: There is a myth around does spinach has iron? Many people think spinach is a rich source of iron. Spinach does have iron but its dietary absorption is a problem because it also contains iron absorption-inhibiting substances. These substances prevent absorption of iron in the body.