Spinach: Making Popeye Proud

Popeye was a comic strip character created by E. C. Segar in 1919.  In 1933 Max and Dave Fleishcher’s Studio adapted Segar’s character into the Popeye The Sailor Series.

Yes, the cartoonist got it right – spinach does build muscle and is a good source of plant-based omega-3s and folate that help reduce heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.

No wonder Popeye the Sailor ate his spinach!  The list of essential nutrients found in spinach is a health nut’s dream!  In addition, it’s loaded with niacin, protein, zinc, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.  And it’s all hands on deck when it comes to Vitamins A, C, E, K, Thiamin and B6.

It can also help improve blood glucose control, lower the risk of cancer, reduce blood pressure, improve bone health, lower the risk of asthma and more!

Cooked spinach releases beta-carotene, lutein and xanthene – all beneficial to your eyes!

So serve yourself a bowl of spinach, spinach salad or mix some spinach leaves in with regular salad greens and you’ll be singing:  “I’m strong to the finish, coz I eat my spinach…”

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