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Updated 27 February 2013

Spinach

Spinach contains high levels of potassium and folate. It is not as rich in iron as was previously thought – the result of a printing error.

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Spinach contains high levels of potassium and folate. Spinach may reduce the risk of cancer, helps to avoid and relieve anaemia and may protect against eye degeneration and heart disease. It is not as rich in iron as was previously thought – the result of a printing error.

Spinach retains much of its minerals and vitamins when it is steamed rather than boiled.

Spinach is low in calories, but is high in oxalates. Therefore it shouldn't be eaten more than twice a week. It is a good idea for pregnant women to eat spinach in the first three months of pregnancy for its folic acid content.


Calories 25
Calcium 170mg
Carotenes 3,535mcg
Fibre 2,1g
Folate 150mcg
Iron 2,1mg
Potassium 500mg
Vitamin C 26mg
Vitamin E 1,7mg
Per 100g raw
 
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