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Good Reasons to Eat More Spinach

Updated on July 3, 2012

Spinach is a top-notch food when it comes to nutritional value. Not only that, there are so many delicious ways to include it in your diet, from serving it as a side, to including it in salads, pasta, pizza, omelettes, and smoothies just to name a few! Below are a few good reasons you might want to consider making spinach a regular part of your diet.

Spinach is an excellent source of fiber

A high fiber diet can help prevent certain diseases. Fiber is especially important for proper digestive health. Also, there is strong evidence that people who get plenty of fiber in their diet are much less likely to have heart disease. Most of us get far less than the recommended amount a fiber day, so eating more foods such as spinach can help us increase our intake.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K

It has one of the highest sources of vitamin K you can get from a food. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and also works with other minerals to keep our bones strong and healthy.

Spinach is rich in folic acid, a water-soluble B vitamin

Folic acid is important for good cognitive function and helps slow the effects of aging on the brain. Without folic acid you cannot make enough new cells fast enough to replace the old ones that wear out. Folic acid also helps prevent birth defects and heart disease. High levels of folic acid are linked to lower cancer rates while low levels are linked to depression.

Spinach is a rich source of the powerful antioxidant lutein

There are nearly 30,000 micrograms of lutein per cup of frozen spinach. . Lutein is a carotenoid that helps protect against vision loss, cataracts, and macular degeneration. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Lutein may also help protect your skin from UV rays, pollutants, and toxins in the environment.

Spinach contains lipoic acid

Lipoic acid, sometimes called thiotic acid, is an important nutrient that helps our bodies convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and helps protect our cells from damage. Lipoic acid is also important in supporting the activity of vitamin C and vitamin E.

Spinach is a good source of beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain healthy skin and slow the aging process. It’s also been shown to reduce the risk of developing cataracts, as well as fight against heart disease and cancer.

Spinach contains glycoglycerolipids

Recent research has shown that glycoglycerolipids from spinach can help protect the lining of the digestive track from damage related to unwanted inflammation.

Spinach is great food for those concerned with weight management

Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food.

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      Rosana Modugno 5 years ago from 10th Kingdom

      Good hub! Spinach has always been my favorite veggie. Well done. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub Koshaugh! Spinach is one of the best veg. On top of Popeye's muscles, he has a long lasting appeal with Olive Oyl too. I prefer it raw though, than canned :-)

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      That sounds really good! You should share one of your recipes, lol. Thanks for the vote up:)

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I love spinach and use a lot of it in pasta dishes. Mushroom, bacon, spinach, garlic and cream and parmesan - Delicious! Voted up and interesting. Thank you Koshaugh

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      I always love to eat spinachs.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Koshaugh,

      Very useful and informative. I don't dislike spinach but it is something that I haven't eaten in a long time. I think it is time to try it again.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Take care :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      My favorite way to eat it is raw. If its good for Popeye, its good for me.

      I'm just fortunate its one of my favorites.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I had no idea that spinach contains lutein and water soluable vitamin B! I need to try to incorporate it more into our diet. Thanks so much for a hub chock full of information. Voted up!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great helpful hub. We can't eat too much spinach as my husband takes a blood thinner and spinach changes something in his medicine. Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Spinach adds rocks to your muscles. How do you think Bluto feels about this seven-stone weakling sprouting muscles out of a can? Voted up and interesting, Doctor K!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Spinach rocks!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      HAH-HAH! She is talented.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Popeye had the right idea! I love spinach and it's a great source of vitamins, thanks Kosh for the great hub.

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      Kara Monterey 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Haha, gotta love Popeye:)

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Now, how did Popeye know spinach was so good for you way back in the 1930's when he first came to the big screen?

      DF