Jul 7, 2009

Soule Restaurant: Food Facts: Spinach

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Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence; a source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, and yet one cup has 40 calories and no fat!
Especially rich in Vitamins C & A, spinach helps to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which makes it stick to the walls of blood vessels. Just a salad size portion can lower blood pressure in 2 – 4 hours.

One amazing effect of spinach consumption is its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Spinach possesses a carotinoid called neoxanthin that induces cancer cells to self-destruct. In the intestines, it converts to neochromes which puts prostate cancer cells into a state of stasis, stopping them from replicating.

Other benefits of regular spinach consumption includes protection against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, and conditions with inflammatory symptoms like arthritis and asthma.

Finally, spinach is very rich in iron; a very important fact because iron is usually found in red meat. Eating spinach can provide that iron without the fat and calories!

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