EN on Foods

March 2009 Issue

Spinach Flexes Its Mighty Nutrition Muscle

Early on, spinach earned a place as a superfood, thanks in part to the image of Popeye downing it to gain muscle-popping strength. And legend says eating it may make you prosperous. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) offers a powerful supply of nutrients for few calories. And because it cooks down so much, itís a more concentrated source of nutrients cooked than raw. Just a half-cup serving is an excellent source of vitamins A and K, as well as the B vitamin folate, the minerals magnesium and manganese and several carotenoids.

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