Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spinach - the raw truth

We've all heard that spinach is good for you, but did you know it's better for you cooked? For one thing, cooking compacts the vegetable; it's easier to eat a quarter cup of cooked spinach than 2 cups of raw and you get the same amount of nutrition. And cooking spinach breaks down the oxalates in it and prevents the formation of unabsorbable mineral complexes in the body. Oxalates are bad because when they don't find enough calcium in your bloodstream, they bind with calcium in your kidneys, causing kidney stones. So if you like spinach salad, have a glass of milk with it.

If you want to learn more about the health properties of spinach, go here.

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