Do you remember Popeye? He was the goofy cartoon character who understood the power of spinach.
Popeye had it going on. He was brave, he was cute, he was strong, and he had Olive Oyl! And Popeye really loved his spinach.
In fact, spinach was his secret weapon. With spinach, he could do anything, immediately pumping up his strength to fight evil and save the day or show off other unbelievable feats and talents. What a great message for children! The right food gives you strength and the confidence to achieve anything.
When Popeye first appeared in 1929 in a comic strip and later in 1936 cartoons, spinach sales rose by over a third. The effect of his muscles growing immediately from scrawny to huge was perhaps a misconception of the amount of iron in spinach. Apparently, a scientist had placed the decimal point in the wrong place leading to the misunderstanding that spinach contains huge amounts of iron. However, the positive image of spinach containing iron was still correct.
Popeye was not wrong. Spinach is an incredibly
Popeye would love that we celebrate National Spinach Day.
Popeye was on to something. 9 reasons to love spinach:
- Inexpensive and easy to find. Available fresh, frozen, or as Popeye prefers, in a can.
- Easy to grow. Check out these great tips to grow spinach.
- Found in all sorts of recipes from stir-fry to soups, or smoothies and salads. Type “spinach” in your DinnerTime Recipe Search Box for recipes including spinach. Remember to “favorite” the ones you love.
- Helps my Diet.
One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which helps digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Calorie friendly at only 7 calories per cup.
- Reduces risk of Cancer.
Flavonoid — a phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties, is abundant in spinach.
- Strengthens the immune system.
The antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, and selenium present in spinach all help fight against diseases such as high blood pressure, artery disease, and the onset of osteoporosis. Plus, vitamin A protects and strengthens the white blood cells that fight infection.
- Keeps Vision strong.
Both antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are especially plentiful in spinach and protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Keeps Skin fresh and healthy.
Vitamin A in spinach promotes healthy skin by fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne, and even wrinkles.
- Keeps our Brains working.
The abundance of vitamin K in spinach contributes toward a healthy nervous system and brain.
Clearly, Popeye knew a good thing when he ate it. Your muscles may not pump up to “Popeye” size, but you will help your body in many important ways.
Check out these DinnerTime recipes that contain healthy spinach. Maybe you can save the day and show off your amazing (cooking) talents too.
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