Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vegetable of the Week: Spinach

Spinach from Desert Roots Farm
Researchers have found many flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as antioxidants and fight against stomach, sing, breast, prostate, and other cancers. Spinach is also extremely high in carotenes, which protect eyesight. It is also particularly rich in vitamin K, which helps to boost bone strength and may help prevent osteoporosis. In addition, Spinach also contains peptides, which are aspects of protein that have been shown to lower blood pressure, and its relatively high vitamin E content may help protect the brain from cognitive decline as we age. 

*Flavonoid and carotene protects against many cancers.
*Vitamin  C, Folate, and Carotene content helps maintain artery health and prevent atherosclerosis.
*Helps keeps eyes healthy.
*Vitamin K content boosts bone density.

Did you know?
Researchers found that feeding aging labratory animals spinach- rich diets significantly improved both their learning capacity and motor skills.

Practical Tips: 
Avoid buying spinach with any yellowing leaves. The carotenes in spinach are better absorbed when the leaves are cooked rather than eaten raw, and also if eaten with a little oil. Steaming or stir-frying retains the most antioxidants. To cook, simply wash the leaves and cook in only the water still clinging to the leaves, stirring if necessary. 

Keep an eye out for the Recipe of the Week  featuring Spinach!

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