Spinach

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Spinach is an edible flowering plant which grows to a height of up to 30 cm. Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

The high amount of salicylates present in this leafy, green vegetable can be held responsible for triggering off the allergic reactions. The body produces a chemical known as histamine in response to the salicylates which it does not recognize. Food allergists have found that cooking spinach does not destroy the allergens and continuing to consume the leafy vegetable by ignoring mild allergic symptoms may result in gout. It will,  therefore, be wise to refrain from this vegetable if you happen to be suffering from spinach allergy (fawesome.tv, nd).

Common Uses:

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. Spinach is sold loose, bunched, packaged fresh in bags, canned, or frozen. Fresh spinach loses much of its nutritional value with storage of more than a few days, therefore spinach is best used as a fresh side with any dish (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup (30 g)

Calories 7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 24 mg 1%
Potassium 167 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1.1 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.7 g 2%
Sugar 0.1 g
Protein 0.9 g 1%
Vitamin A 56% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 3% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 6%

Dietary Information and Related Articles:

Here are some tasty spinach recipes from the food network.