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Posted by: derick esau | 2011-08-15

spinach intake

Should /must I regulate my intake with spinach &  how healthy is this veggie

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Dear Derick
Spinach is a healthy vegetable because it is rich in beta-carotene, and vitamin C. It also has a high iron content, but most of this iron is bound by compounds called phytates, so it is not really available to the human body. On the one hand, the phytates in spinach act as antioxidants protecting us against degenerative diseases, while on the other hand, the phytates interfere with the uptake of nutrients like iron. As with all foods, it is prudent to eat spinach in moderate quantities as part of a mixed and varied diet. Never overdo the intake of any one food.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-08-16

Dear Derick
Spinach is a healthy vegetable because it is rich in beta-carotene, and vitamin C. It also has a high iron content, but most of this iron is bound by compounds called phytates, so it is not really available to the human body. On the one hand, the phytates in spinach act as antioxidants protecting us against degenerative diseases, while on the other hand, the phytates interfere with the uptake of nutrients like iron. As with all foods, it is prudent to eat spinach in moderate quantities as part of a mixed and varied diet. Never overdo the intake of any one food.
Enjoy
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