How can I eat more spinach

Health tip: why we should eat more spinach

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Diverse, full of healthy nutrients and seasonal: there are good reasons to eat more spinach now.

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Whether fresh in a salad, blanched as a side dish, chopped up in a smoothie or pureed in gnocchi: spinach is extremely versatile. Depending on the season, the appearance of spinach changes completely. The spring spinach currently available is tender, does not have to be cooked before consumption and spices up every salad. In autumn and winter, the spinach comes in thick clumps with roots and goes well as a warm side dish to light dishes. Its aroma is rounded off by garlic, cheese and cream.

Due to a comma error, spinach was long believed to be ten times richer in iron than it actually is. Nevertheless, the leafy vegetables have numerous health-promoting ingredients. Spinach grows very quickly and absorbs a lot of nutrients from the soil. Fertilized soils often contain large amounts of nitrate, which improves the supply of oxygen and strengthens the muscles. Spinach can lower blood pressure, and thanks to antioxidants, leafy vegetables are believed to have cancer-preventing effects. The digestive system also benefits: cooked spinach can relieve flatulence, and spinach is an easily digestible bland food for diarrhea. In addition, the vegetables, which belong to the foxtail family, are low in calories and contain only 23 kilocalories per 100 grams. The thylakoids contained in spinach can slow down fat digestion and thus prevent cravings.

Environmentally conscious consumers buy regional and seasonal food

In addition to the almost endless possibilities of use and positive effects on health, spinach, which is in season in Switzerland from March to November, currently has a good energy and ecological balance. What does that mean? The embodied energy of food is the amount of energy that is required for the life of the products. It is found, for example, in the heat and electricity requirements for the production and processing of food, in the fuel used for transport, in product packaging and in the electricity and heat requirements for storage, sale and preparation. In addition to food producers, consumers also contribute to the energy balance of food. This includes, for example, the choice of means of transport to get to the store or market, the place of purchase and the storage and recycling of the products.

The calculation of environmental aspects over the entire life cycle often requires a great deal of numbers and information that are not on the packaging and are difficult to trace. In addition, the production methods differ greatly depending on the farmer. However, it can be said that plant-based products are usually more environmentally friendly than meat, eggs or milk. Fruits and vegetables from the region have a particularly good environmental balance when they are in season. That is why environmentally conscious consumers should opt for seasonal products from outdoor cultivation - such as spinach, for example - when buying fruit and vegetables.

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