Turns Out Your Mom Was Right... - Ingredient Spotlight - Spinach

Turns out when your mom was telling you to eat your spinach, she was giving you great life advice. Like honestly, as if Popeye's massive arms weren't convincing enough already. But we have compiled a list of why you should include some of this leafy green in your diet. 

Basic Facts 

One cup of raw spinach contains:

  • 27 calories
  • 0.86 grams of protein
  • 30 milligrams of calcium
  • 0.81 grams of iron
  • 24 milligrams of magnesium
  • 167 milligrams of potassium
  • 2,813 micrograms of Vitamin A
  • 58 micrograms of folate

Strengthens Your Heart 

A component of spinach, factor C0-Q10 which is an antioxidant, plays an important role in strengthening muscles, especially heart muscles which continuously pump blood to all parts of the body. C0-Q10 can be used to prevent and treat many cardiovascular diseases like hyperlipidemia, heart failure, hypertension and coronary heart disease. Spinach, however, cannot prevent your heart being broken by getting into a bad relationship. 

Diabetes Management 

Spinach contains another antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. 

Bone Health 

Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Consumption of vitamin K is important as it acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium. Even though your bones are stronger, attempting that kickflip down 12 flights of stairs is probably still a bad idea. 

Improves Eyesight 

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin (have fun pronouncing that one). They act as strong antioxidants that prevent the eyes from the harsh effects of UV rays, which can lead to cataracts. Also, they reduce the impact of free radicals, which can be a major cause of cataracts and other eye conditions. However, that doesn't mean that you should look directly into a solar eclipse like certain people..."cough* Trump *cough*. 

Key takeaways, spinach is good for you and your mom is always right. Remember when she told you that dating that one person was a bad idea and you did it anyway? Welllll, we can't help you fix your relationship with your mom, but we can help increase your consumption of spinach. Jars like the Chicken Showdown, No-Butter Chickpea, and Cowboy Casserole are packed with spinach. 


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