Spinach: The Mighty Leafy Green

By Amelia Bowles
Bowl of spinach

Spinach, often associated with the familiar animated series Popeye the Sailor, is a leafy green known for its healthy properties. While it can’t make you immediately faster and stronger like Popeye, it may have more benefits than you might think!

The Mighty Leafy Green

According to Cleveland Clinic, two-thirds of a cup of Spinach has only 23 calories, but packs a huge nutritional punch. It contains high amounts of vitamins A, B6, C, E and K and minerals like folate, manganese, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper and potassium. The lowest of these makes up 11 percent of the daily recommended value, while the highest makes up 402 percent of the daily recommended value!

It also has a number of antioxidants and fiber, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Health benefits include oxidative stress reduction, eye health, cancer prevention, blood pressure regulation and heart health, according to Healthline. Medical News Today also reported that spinach was shown to help manage diabetes and asthma, help promote digestive and bone health and keep hair stronger and healthier.

Recipes upon Recipes

Spinach is used in a variety of cold and hot dishes as well as across a wide range of cultural backgrounds such as Greek, Indian, Caribbean, French and more. It can be used in salads, smoothies, dips, baked goods or as a simple side dish. Here are some recipes to try so you can incorporate more spinach into your diet:

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