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Health Food Focus: Spinach

Each week I highlight one in-season fruit or vegetable or other health and super foods! I talk about their properties and why they’re good for you and an easy recipe so you can start adding it into your diet!

spinach info: cancer-fighting, prevents osteoporosis and anemia. Great for cholesterol and weight management. When raw, it has a lot of antioxidants. protects against age-related macular (eye) diseases, excellent source of Vitamin K, which is important for strengthening bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity (bone building). [Dairy companies will try to get you to believe that milk and cheese are your best sources of Calcium but this is NOT true. Leafy green vegetables are excellent ways to promote bone health and actually milk consumption has not prevented bone fractures in studies].

Best available in: Winter.
One website claims you can rinse non organic spinach in fresh water and then soak for 30 min in salt water to remove impurities and insectisides. I’ve never tried this and would rather just buy organic. I’m hoping to be growing my own soon as well. Eat it as soon as you can so you get the most nutrient from it.

Don’t over do it! Because of its fiber and phytates (antioxidant compounds), absorption of certain other nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Zinc and manganese can be slowed becuase they bind to the phytates. But this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re eating a balanced diet and aren’t eating spinach all day!

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