Strong to the Finish: 6 Good Reasons to Eat More Spinach

Spring is time for a whole new crop of tender vegetables, of which spinach is a standout. This leafy vegetable at some point became the poster child for what children everywhere thought was gross about green vegetables, which is a pity: As Popeye well knows, spinach is a nutritional powerhouse that not only has been shown to boost your muscle power, but tastes great.

Here are my six reasons you should eat more of it:

  1. Very low in calories and helps with weight-loss goals
  2. Filled with fiber for good gastrointestinal health and to keep you regular
  3. High in vitamins A and C, which make it good for immunity, skin, eyes and general health
  4. Good source of calcium without being a dairy product
  5. Delicious raw or cooked; spinach can be transformed easily to be used in salads, soups, pastas, main entrees, smoothies and even other desserts
  6. Helps reduce blood pressure and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), so it’s good for your heart health

It certainly worked for Popeye:

What’s your favorite way to eat spinach?

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  1. I have been buying spinach all winter from a farmer at Eastern Market who grows spinach in his greenhouse.
    I usually have spinach in a salad. Once in awhile, I make a spinach-cheese-crabmeat fritatta.
    Spinach has a high ratio of nutrients to carbs. It’s one of the most recommended vegetables for an Atkins diet, along with kale, garlic, asparagus, and cruciferous vegetables.

    1. I love Eastern Market! Thanks for sharing your favorite ways to enjoy spinach. I love baby spinach in my salads and use spinach and kale in my daily smoothies too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Bruce. :o)

  2. I was wondering if spinach also helped with getting some iron. I love spinach in a salad or even throw it in with a stir fry.

    1. Hi there Julie,

      Spinach does have some iron, not that much though. One cup of raw spinach has about 1 mg of iron, where one cup of cooked spinach has about 3.5 mg of iron. By cooking spinach you are able to release the iron stored in the spinach leaves. Furthermore, spinach does have oxalic acid, which naturally binds iron. Therefore my recommendation is to eat spinach with vitamin C rich foods because vitamin C allows our body to absorb iron more efficiently. For example, think cooked spinach with an orange or cantaloupe.

      I hope that helps. Thanks so much for reading this blog and your comment. :o)

  3. Ah, I love spinach salad topped with smoked oysters, lemon juice, little red onion or scallions and wee bit of parmesan.

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