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Nutritional powerhouse

Let spinach flex its muscles in your salads, stir-fries, soups or sandwiches

By Joan Namkoong
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 06, 2014

~~<p>One of the best greens to buy at a farmers market is spinach because fresh spinach is best eaten within a few days of harvest for optimal nutritional benefit.</p>
<p>That benefit includes lots of vitamins A, C, K, folate and trace metals like magnesium, manganese and potassium. Spinach does contain lots of calcium and iron, but it also contains oxalic acid (the substance that gives the vegetable its slightly bitter taste), which inhibits the absorption of calcium and iron. Still, it's a nutritional powerhouse among leafy greens.</p>
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One of the best greens to buy at a farmers market is spinach because fresh spinach is best eaten within a few days of harvest for optimal nutritional benefit.

That benefit includes lots of vitamins A, C, K, folate and trace metals like magnesium, manganese and potassium. Spinach does contain lots of calcium and iron, but it also contains oxalic acid (the substance that gives the vegetable its slightly bitter taste), which inhibits the absorption of calcium and iron. Still, it's a nutritional powerhouse among leafy greens. Login for more...



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