THE FLORENTINE EFFECT
Spinach is a leafy green flowering plant native to central and western Asia. It is of the order Caryophyllales, family Amaranthaceae, subfamily Chenopodioideae. Its leaves are a common edible vegetable consumed either fresh, or after storage using preservation techniques by canning, freezing, or dehydration. Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that originated in Persia. It belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beets and quinoa. What’s more, it’s considered very healthy, as it’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is good for health due to it being rich in many nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, folate, and potassium.
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Spinach is chock full of fiber. Eating too much fiber can cause gas, cramping, and abdominal pain. Spinach is rich in oxalate, a naturally occurring substance found in almost all plants. When eaten in moderation, spinach helps in reducing the risks of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and cancer. Although it is safe for most people to eat a bowl of spinach per day, you should be careful to eat it in moderation. Spinach is a dark leafy green crop with an impressive nutrient profile.
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Yes, eating raw spinach is good for you. Spinach is packed with nutrients your body needs for good health, including fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C and K. Plus, it’s super low in calories. While some ask if boiled spinach is good for us, the leafy green is packed with nutrients, but you’ll absorb more calcium and iron if you eat it cooked. The reason: Spinach is loaded with oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of iron and calcium but breaks down under high temperatures. Whether it’s eaten raw or cooked, spinach packs a punch, it’s great for weight loss, fitness, and general health maintenance. The Delicate, Green Nutrient-Packed Machine. This natural nutrient factory has a lot to offer your body. Its low-calorie, high-nutrient combination makes it an excellent weight-loss food.
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Another query that arises these days relates to if spinach is a superfood? If ‘Popeye the Sailor Man’ could get his strength from spinach, you could too because this leafy vegetable is considered a superfood. The reason why spinach is considered a superfood is because of loads of nutrients and low-calorie that it possesses. This leafy veggie also benefits your skin, hair, and bones.
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One of the best ways to consume spinach with limited cooking would be Heat a large saute pan over medium heat, then add the oil. Once the oil is hot add spinach, a handful at a time, stirring to slightly wilt before adding the next handful. Saute until all the spinach is wilted, about 2 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Although hygiene and cleaning play a major role when working with spinach leaves, to clean spinach, swish in a basin of cold water, let sit for a minute, and then lift into a colander to drain. Dump the water and repeat. After doing this, taste a leaf. If you detect even the slightest bit of grit, wash the leaves again.
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Here are a few easy to make recipes, healthy for us to enjoy using Spinach:
Recipe-1] PALAK AUR MAKKAI KA KHURCHAN
Recipe-2] SPINACH AND AVOCADO PASTA
Recipe-3] HARIYALI SUBZI KA SWAAD
Recipe-4] SAAGWALE ZAIKEDAAR ALOO
Recipe- 5] PALAK AUR BEANS WALE CHAWAL
Recipe- 6] PUDINA AUR PALAK KA SOUP
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About the author
Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.