If you love spinach, find out which are the advantages of this green vegetable and how your organism can benefit from it.
This vegetable contains great quantities of vitamins and minerals like folic acid, vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, manganese and potassium. Spinach also contains lutein and zeaxanthin and that’s what makes this vegetable an excellent fighter against numerous diseases.
But, make sure you never re-heat it, because it also contains nitrates which under the influence of microorganisms and heating go into nitrites and then into nitrosamines which are very dangerous and carcinogenic for the human organism.
The amount depends on the variety, season, and the soil and water conditions where the vegetable was grown.
A mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, nitrate exists in minerals, soil, ground water and the atmosphere. Nitrate is not harmful, but the body converts nitrate to nitrite, and nitrite can cause health problems. The nitrogen in nitrate helps plants grow, so they normally absorb it from the soil, and it’s a common ingredient in fertilizers. This means that vegetables naturally contain nitrate. The typical American diet provides about 75 to 100 milligrams per day of nitrates, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The World Health Organization determined that the acceptable daily intake is 222 milligrams for a 130-pound adult.
Spinach contains nitrates, as do other leafy green vegetables as well as radishes, eggplants, celery, cured meats and some water supplies. What I found was that nitrates can break down to form nitrites due to organisms that are present. Nitrites can lead to methemoglobinemia, where the uptake of oxygen in the blood is adversely affected. In baby’s this is called Blue Baby Syndrome.
Nitrosamines are a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). This is the reason cured pork (bacon, sausages) are also sprayed with vitamin C.
So, while it’s a good idea to follow advice on food safety in your own country, it’s an even better idea to understand why. Spinach is loaded with vitamins (A, C, K, Folate) and minerals (calcium, magnesium) and can add to part of a healthy diet.
Enjoy your spinach safely
If you can’t finish your spinach and want to save it for the next day, be sure to cool it quickly and keep it below 5 degrees celsius to prevent nitrite production
Eat lots of foods with antioxidants to prevent nitrites converting into nitrosamines
Buy organic spinach to avoid pesticides that spinach absorbs
If you have a thyroid (or adrenal) issue you should always cook your spinach to deactivate the goitrogens, which can prevent the uptake of iodine