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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Spinach Solution Needed

It’s terrible that fresh spinach has been recalled because of E. coli contamination. There are few produce items that offer more nutritional value.

I probably should have said ‘packed a nutritional wallop’ because most folks think of Popeye whenever the subject of spinach is raised. Remember, Popeye ate cooked, canned spinach and much of the nutritional benefits were left behind at the cannery.

Popeye has always worried me. Why did he always have one eye closed? Perhaps it was a droopy eyelid – we call that ptosis. As a curious ophthalmologist I need to know these things! Speaking of Popeye characters, as a parent I also need to know about Sweet Pea – who was the father?

Anyway, back to spinach. You likely know that there’s plenty of iron in fresh spinach. Hopefully fresh spinach will return promptly to the market. To maximize iron absorption enjoy a fresh spinach salad with a non-dairy, noncarbonated beverage. Juices with Vitamin C maximize iron absorption so think about some OJ with your spinach.

Some call spinach a super food. It is low in calories but dense in nutrients including calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Spinach contributes to maintaining bone structure, preventing neural tube defects, assisting in red blood cell production, regulating our heartbeat, and fighting free radicals. Spinach is also a powerful source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two carotenoid phytonutrients that vision researchers suggest are essential in the fight against Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

We’ve had product recalls before. Think Tylenol. They’ll fix the problem and we will all be safer and healthier for the changes enacted by this food contamination crisis.

Related Topics: All about E.coli Infections, 5 Heart-Healthy Foods

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Posted by: Bill Lloyd MD at 1:48 pm


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