Interesting Facts about Spinach
Want to learn some quick fats about spinach? Let's discover what makes spinach Popeye's favorite food.
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12 Interesting facts about spinach
- Spinach is a flowering plant and a relative of the quinoa and the beets.
- An article from Cornell University states that “Spinach” is derived from the word ispanai meaning green hand. In Latin it became spanachia which eventually evolved into the word we know now.
- There are 3 kinds of spinach: savoy, semi-savor and the flat or smooth-leaf kind.
- The iron content of spinach was grossly overstated for over 50 years by Dr. Emil von Wolff when the scientist misplaced a decimal point to its rightful place as the true iron content of spinach.
- Cartoon character Popeye, the Sailorman proved to be an effective marketing scheme for the spinach growers as it helped increase spinach sales during the time of depression in the 1930’s.
- Spinach contains oxalates as do rhubarb, swiss chard, leeks and okra. Oxalates are chemical compounds found in some plants, seeds and animals, including humans. While these compounds have a good place in science and medicine, oxalates are also associated with kidney stones. Avoid eating spinach if you have this condition.
- Otherwise, eat spinach. While the oxalates may deprive us of its iron and calcium contents, we can still enjoy all the other nutritional contents spinach has to offer.
- Spinach may be eaten raw or cooked. Cooking spinach with other vegetables brings higher nutritional value.
- A cup of cooked spinach contains only 40 calories. One piece of a 4-piece Kitkat wafer bar is 57 calories. Eating a cup of spinach gives you a full stomach. And still, 1 piece of Kitkat bar is never enough.
- Spinach is rich in folate or folic acid. Eating spinach is therefore good for pregnant women.
- Spinach contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, just like the carrots. Cooking spinach with carrots and other vegetables will help you keep that 20/20 vision.
- Spinach contains fibers, proteins and body building compounds. It may be hard to believe, but Popeye’s big bulky strong arms could really be from eating a lot of spinach in his days.
I hope you enjoyed these quick facts about spinach. Don't you think it’s time we eat more of this stuff?!