Take a look at this brief clipping to see what happened when Popeye ate spinach.
I loved watching this as a child and I was fooled many times into eating my vegetables, thinking I would be as strong as Popeye in the end. What can I say? Parents do and say what they have to so that they get the desired result/behavior. I was young and impressionable.
My parents were smart. When I take a look at the health benefits of spinach and other vegetables, I now understand why they needed to play those little “mind games” with us. Today I will focus on the benefits we are missing when we fail to eat spinach
What is Spinach and What does it Look Like?
Spinach is a green leafy vegetable, which once went by the name the “Spanish Vegetable.” Spinach became popular in the 1960’s through to the 1970’s as the animated film Popeye was aired.
Popeye’s muscles would grow big and strong whenever he ate his spinach. This would then assist him to overcome his adversaries, of course, using his big, strong muscles.
Today, we can get spinach in the produce section of the grocery store as a fresh, green leafy vegetable, either bundled or as leaves in a bag. We can also find spinach on the shelves in cans, they way Popeye had his spinach.
Spinach can be eaten raw in salads, or sauteed in seasoning and a little butter or oil. Due to the Oxalic Acid in spinach, I prefer to slightly cook spinach before eating.
The Health Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is low in calories, packed with vitamins, minerals, fibers and protein, which makes it an ideal food for diabetics. It is also low in fat and cholesterol, but high in Niacin and Zinc. Below are some health benefits of spinach:
- Helps to control blood glucose in diabetics, due to low spikes experienced after consumption
- Lowers blood pressure
- Keeps heart healthy
- Improves blood quality (due to its’ iron content)
- Restores energy
- Prevents cataract
- Aids in macular degeneration
- Helps to prevent asthma (due to the presence of beta-carotene)
- Helps to prevent constipation due to the fiber and water content
- Increases vitality
- Maintains bone health (due to its’ Vitamin K content)
- Aids in anemia
- Anti-inflammatory (thanks to phytochemicals)
- Anti-Cancer (especially prostate cancer)
- Helps with memory and mental clarity
- Vitamin A in spinach helps to keep hair moisturized
- Prevents hair loss due to the iron content
It is worth noting that persons with diabetes sometimes have other health issues such as heart and high cholesterol. It is good to know that spinach is one of those super vegetables, which will help in a number of issues.
Spinach is another plant-based food to the rescue. It is also worthy to note that it is easy to prepare at home and needs only 1 minute to cook.
Spinach is clearly a good vegetable to prepare and share with the entire family. It has little carbohydrate and hence will have a gradual spike in blood glucose, making it a healthy choice for diabetics and those intending to prevent diabetes.
Eating spinach gives us a lot of bonuses, such as lower blood pressure, better eyesight, more energy and stronger bones, to name a few. It is evident that it is vital for all of us to incorporate some spinach in our weekly diet.
The benefits are enormous and spinach would be one more vegetable to help us in the lifestyle change we need to embrace in order to fight diabetes and other illnesses.
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Until next time, walk good and eat healthily.