Spinach leaves that are bright and vibrant-looking are not only appealing to the eyes but more nourishing as well. Spinach is a dark leafy green that are important for skin, hair and bone health. It also provide protein, iron, vitamin and minerals because most of its calories come from protein.
Spinach also improve blood glucose control in diabetics and it lower the risk of Cancer, blood pressure and asthma. Recent research made us to understand that spinach leaves that looks fully alive and vital gives greater concentrations of vitamin C than the leaves that look pale in color. The Study Authors suggest that the greater supply of Vitamin C helps protect all of the oxygen-sensitive phytonutrients in the spinach leaves and makes them looking vibrant and alive.
Research also show that taking Spinach in Juice form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Another lesser know benefit of spinach is its role in skin care. The bounty of Vitamins and Minerals in spinach can bring you quick relief from dry, itchy skin and lavish you with a radiant complexion. Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach juice has been shown to improve skin health dramatically.
The Healthiest Way of Cooking Spinach
Spinach is only one of three vegetables we recommend boiling to free up acids and allow them to leach into the boiling water; this brings out a sweeter taste from the spinach. Discard the boiling water after cooking; do not drink it or use it for stock because of its acid content.
Use a large pot (3 quart) with lots of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add spinach to the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Begin timing as soon as you place the spinach in the pot if you are using 1 pound or less of spinach. If you are cooking larger quantities of spinach bring the water back to a boil before beginning timing the 1 minute. Do not cover the pot when cooking spinach. Leaving the pot uncovered helps to release more of the acids with the rising steam. Research has shown that the boiling of spinach in large amounts of water helps decrease the oxalic acid content.Remove spinach from pot, press out liquid with a fork, place in a bowl, toss with any Mediterranean Dressing, and top with your favorite optional ingredients. You are good to go!