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Spinach: benefits and properties. Popeye’s food

With this busy life we ​​have, spinach has undoubtedly become one of those vegetables that we can prepare at any time and place in a real b...

With this busy life we ​​have, spinach has undoubtedly become one of those vegetables that we can prepare at any time and place in a real blink of an eye. In fact, it is one of the most frozen foods in any supermarket in the world.

Also, spinacia oleracea is usually cultivated in all regions of the world and another advantage is that it can be consumed without problems during any time of year, fresh, cooked or fried.

Spinach: benefits and properties.  Popeye’s food

It is estimated that the first spinach crops were grown in Persia , hence its name from the beginning was ‘esfenaj’ . Centuries later, the Arabs who settled in the Iberian Peninsula brought the spinach cultivations until in the fifteenth century the consumption of these vegetables spread throughout Europe.

What are the nutritional values ​​of spinach?

Surely many of you have been most surprised after reading some curiosities of spinach. Do you want to know more about this plant family amaranth? So pay close attention because below we will talk about their most important nutritional values:

An inexhaustible source of vitamins C, E and K

Spinach has been shown to contain vitamin E, a natural nutrient that acts as a potent antioxidant throughout our body. It also favors the blocking of free radicals , an enzyme of the most toxic that is very present after consuming cigarettes or drinking huge amounts of alcohol.

For its part, vitamin K is most beneficial to prevent blood clotting and in fact many newborns receive a dose of this vitamin during the first months of life.

Very rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium

As with any fruit or vegetable, spinach is also an inexhaustible source of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium . All these elements are fundamental to strengthen our body and ultimately enjoy a better quality of life.

For example, calcium also strengthens our entire bone system and prevents injury to any of our limbs . Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin, and magnesium favors cell regeneration .

Spinach: benefits and properties.  Popeye’s food

It is composed of almost 90% water and Q-10 enzymes

It should be noted that spinach is also composed entirely of water. We do not have to say that H20 is essential to keep our entire body hydrated while at the same time preventing fluid retention . For this reason, it is a vegetable to be taken into account for all those people who want to lose weight.

Finally, spinach is also very rich in Q-10, a natural enzyme that is able to treat fatigue and give us a kick of extra energy to face the day with well-charged batteries.

Nutritional Information of Spinach

100 grams of spinach provide:

  • 27 calories.
  • Carbohydrate: 1 gram.
  • Proteins: 2 grams.
  • Fats: 0 grams.
  • Fiber: 2 grams.
  • Vitamins: A, C, E, B6 and folic acid.
  • Minerals: iron, calcium and magnesium.

Main benefits of spinach for our health

As we have already discussed in detail the nutritional values ​​we can find in spinach, we will close this Green Health Tips article to tell you about other benefits that this vegetable provides for our health . And among all of them, we can highlight the following:

  • They improve our vision. Spinach favors the production of what is known as ‘rhodopsin’, an element that is accumulating in the rods of the retina and which encourages the production of receptor cells throughout our entire eye. This will eventually lead to better long-term vision.
  • Very beneficial for intestinal transit. These vegetables are also the most rich in fiber, a natural component very present in kiwis and pears and that will help us enjoy better intestinal health. And so it is most beneficial to avoid diarrhea and constipation.
  • They increase muscle strength and endurance. You can also find all kinds of nitrates in spinach that help considerably to strengthen our muscles. That is why it is a food to take into account if we are very regular to play sports on a daily basis.

Spinach: benefits and properties.  Popeye’s food

How much spinach is safe to eat? And in babies and children?

As you probably know, the Spanish Ministry of Health warned about the consumption of spinach (especially in large quantities and especially in certain population groups), due to its high content of mercury and cadmium.

For this reason, it was not advised to use it in young children or in pregnant or lactating women .

Thus, AECOSAN (Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition), following the conclusions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the presence of nitrates in vegetables, has made the following recommendations:

  • Babies:  Do not include spinach, chard, or borage in baby purees before the first year of life. And in case of including them, its content in spinach or Swiss chard should not be more than 20% of the total content of the puree.
  • Children 1 to 3 years:  Do not consume more than one serving of spinach and / or chard to children of these ages.
  • Other useful tips:  It is not advisable to give spinach and / or chard to children who have gastrointestinal bacterial infections, as well as keep them in the refrigerator if they are to be consumed on the same day, or freeze them if they are to be consumed later.

However, it is possible to consume it moderately in young and adult, but as long as we do not abuse it. Only in this way can we enjoy the various  properties of spinach .

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