Spinach, cultivated by humans for over 2500 years, is undoubtedly a healthful food: it is full of iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamins A and C. The green also contains folic acid, lots of chlorophyll, and antioxidants. The truth, though, is that spinach is no more nutrient-packed than its dark leafy green counterparts like kale, arugula, collards, dandelions, and chard.

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Articles about Spinach

February 23, 2007

Spinach: Healthful or Harmful?

After receiving flak for 2006’s E. coli outbreak, spinach became a scapegoat for food contamination. Here’s some background on this healthy, versatile green, and its connection to the nasty bacteria.


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