Did you know every year on 26th March, world celebrates Spinach day ? The Super Green Spinach has a day dedicated to its being. Isn’t that wonderful to know ? The origin of the day is still unknown and the reason behind why it was invented, is not known to anyone. Nutritionists agree, that The Super Green Mean Spinach is indeed very nutritious and healthy.
The Super Green Spinach – Surprising Facts
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Raw spinach is 91% water, 4% carbohydrates, 3% protein, and contains negligible fat . In a 100 g (3.5 oz) serving providing only 23 calories, spinach has a high nutritional value, especially when fresh, frozen, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value,) of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, iron and folate. Spinach is a good source (10-19% of DV) of the B vitamins riboflavin and vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and dietary fiber. ( Source – Wikipedia)
Interesting Unknown facts about Spinach
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition – Spinach is excellent in controlling hunger and keeps you full for a longer duration of time
Spinach was the first food ever to be sold as frozen. It was done by Clarence Birdseye in 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts
In the olden times, artists extracted green color from Spinach and used it as paint
China is the largest producer of Spinach across the world
The Super Green Spinach
Oxalate, found in spinach, may cause kidney stones in some people. So, if you suffer from kidney stones, you can reduce its intake
Research suggests that juicing or blending spinach makes it easy for the body to absorb the nutrients, rather than cooking it.
Just one cup of spinach per day can reduce the possibility of a bone breakage in women by all most 70%
Spinach boosts metabolism in a significant manner. Many doctors suggest it to be included in the daily diet because of this.
Why is Spinach good for children ?
> Super power house of minerals
> Abundant in vitamins
> Natural Dietary fiber Source and hence helps in keeping the digestive system clean
Recipes with The Super Green Spinach
Spinach is really versatile and can be used in various forms. I am linking some very simple recipes by my dear friends – Kalyani VT and Kalyani Krishnan.
Recipes by Kalyani Krishnan on gkfooddiary
Recipes by Kalyani VT on kitchenkathukutty
Do visit their blogs for some very simple, healthy, nutrition rich recipes for your child and family.
Important Notes –
> Always buy spinach that is without any tears
> Clean spinach always before using. You may have to do this 5-6 times depending on the amount of dirt on it
> It’s suggested to steam spinach rather than boiling it, as boiling it is essentially just waste of all the goodness in it
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