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Be Like Popeye And Eat Your Spinach!

Updated on February 4, 2014

The power of green... health benefits of eating spinach!

Spinach sminach! Yuck! I hate spinach! Remember hearing or saying that a lot as a kid? (Hahaha) Actually, I loved my veggies as a child as much as I do today. But a lot of my friends, on the other hand, just didn't quite dig the stuff, yet Fido didn't mind clearing the plate :) And then came the lecture... eat your spinach, it's good for you! And yes, it's true, mother does know best. As with many dark green veggies, spinach is loaded with beta-carotene, which is a powerhouse antioxidantthat fights against disease. It also contains several phytochemicals, such as; lutein, lipoic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.The health benefits of spinach are awesome... so eat up! And hey, there are so many health benefits in eating spinach that I probably did forget to include some... so if you know of any, please do share! As always, I'd love to hear from you!!

Health Benefits

Reduce the risk of cataracts

Protects against colon cancer

Prevention and treatment of anemia

Protects against heart disease

Vitamins and minerals in spinach help strengthen the bones

Protects against breast cancer in women

Stabilizes blood sugar and prevents it from fluctuating (diabetics)

Protects against prostate cancer

Prevents macular degeneration (due to age)

Contains a lot of fiber (great for weight loss)

A rich source of folic acid (great for pregnant women to protect against Spina Bifida in developing babies)

Has been known to slow down cell growth in stomach cancer

Magnesium in spinach can lower blood pressure and levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)

Dr Oz Green Drink Recipe

While there are so many different ways to prepare spinach (salad, sauteed, steamed,etc.) Here is a great recipe by Dr. Oz.... enjoy!

  • 2 apples, cored
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 thumbnail length of ginger root, peeled
  • 1 lemon - juice only (use peel slice for zest)
  • 1 medium cucumber

Place ingredients in a blender, add 4 oz. spring water or a handful of ice cubes, then puree quickly for one minute. Makes two glasses of Dr. Oz’s green drink.

The green drink has a strong taste and if you are used to drinking soda or sweet tea, the taste will take some getting used to. Dr. Oz suggests adding other items at first to sweeten the green drink to your taste.


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    • angoliver profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi rotl and HB, my family and I just love spinach. And it's true, it can be added to many dishes, and the health benefits are amazing. Canned spinach definitely does taste different than fresh, that's for sure! I have eaten canned spinach many times, but it tends to taste like the tin can and is very mushy! lol Fresh is definitely best! And I do agree, it really is a magical green!! :)

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We love spinach in our home and my right year old will eat it daily. I think many people got turned off by the canned stuff. That tastes entirely different than fresh spinach.

    • rotl profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      I have really come to appreciate Spinach as I grow older. It really is a magical green. And it's not hard to incorporate into a lot of common recipes.


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