Aug 9, 2008

SPINACH GOOD SOURCE OF IRON

I love Spinach. It is the most widely used vegetable found in my weekly diet be it for lunch and dinner. There are many varieties of spinach. In the US, most of the variety used are the spade leaf spinach, with textures like flat/smooth leaf or the savoy spinach ones.

In Asia, very common ones are usually categorized as the sharp leaf, round leaf and also other varieties like the baby spinach, and the red spinach. These are most often used in cooking, like stir fry and in clear soups.

Spinach can be found in frozen packs too. Some are canned but I still prefer the frozen over the canned ones. Spinach can be eaten fresh as in your salads and sandwiches too.

It is very high in nutrition, and low in calories. A very good source of iron, vitamins A, C, some minerals and also fiber. There are about 3gms of protein in every serving of spinach.

















Did you know that spinach contains Oxalic Acid, a chemical that binds with iron and calcium. Iron and Calcium are not easily absorbed in our body unless it is accompanied with foods that are high in Vitamin C. So, remember that when you are eating spinach, try to add fruits like Oranges, Kiwis or even Tomatoes to maximise absorption.

Some suggestions you can cook spinach in. Pizza, pasta, soup, stirfry.

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