Why should spinach be included in your diet

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Our parents have always been encouraged to have spinach included in our diet. This green leafy vegetable is known to be rich in a ton of nutrients and taste delicious too, when you look at some other contenders like methi, dill or kale for that matter. Indian cuisine has adopted spinach whole-heartedly and turned it into delicious dishes like Palak Paneer, Palak Saag, and others. However, if you still choose to exclude this out of our diet, here are the reasons why you should reconsider this unwise decision.

Immunity powerhouse

Having a strong immune system is key to keeping your body resistant towards diseases and infections. Low immunity is like an open invitation to diseases and illness. Spinach is known to be abundant in Vitamins A, C & E. These vitamins help fight off common infections as well as restore the blood cells, boosting the immune system.

Improves vision and eye health

If you’re someone who’s very particular of their eye-health, spinach should be included in your diet. Spinach, like other leafy vegetables, is rich in two particular antioxidants stored in the macula (the sunblock of the retina)—lutein and zeaxanthin. These are known to absorb blue light, which is especially harmful to the retina. Eat spinach with olive oil, since lutein and zeaxanthin are fat soluble, and will help ensure that you absorb more of them.

Strengthens Bones

Do you suffer from weak bones? Make your bones stronger by eating spinach regularly. Spinach is known to possess Vitamin K that is helpful in combating bone density issues as it keeps the calcium within the bones and out of the arteries. This in turn helps us stay strong against fractures or other bone-related issues.

Helpful in digestion

Spinach is a green leafy vegetable, and just like every leafy vegetable, it is fibrous in nature. Eating a fibre rich diet provides roughage, that is really helpful in having regular bowel movements.

A must for a healthy heart

With spinach’s high Vitamin C levels, it is very helpful for a healthy heart. Spinach is also loaded with nutrients like beta-carotene, folate, magnesium, and potassium that contribute to cardiovascular health. They work in tandem to prevent the increase of cholesterol levels and reduce the levels of amino acids homocysteine (a high level of homocysteine is known to be a risk factor for heart diseases).

Helpful for weight loss

If you’re trying to lose your weight, you must emphasize on the consumption of spinach. For starters, its rich fibrous nature also makes it heavy which keeps you full for a long time. It is known for its low fats and carbs while being abundant in vitamins and other minerals. It is actively known to reduce blood sugar levels while giving a considerable boost to the body’s metabolism, help you lose weight more effectively.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.