Spinach contains a lot of nutrients including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fibre, sodium, vitamin, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and water.
Below is the nutritional profile that contributes to its immense health benefits.
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Spinach (Spinacia oleracea), Raw, Nutritive value per 100g.
RDA – Recommended Dietary Allowance
Percentage of RDA
|Total Fat||0.39 g||1.5%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.2 g||6%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.065 mg||1%|
|Vitamin A||9377 IU||312%|
|Vitamin C||28.1 mg||47%|
|Vitamin E||2.03 mg||13.5%|
|Vitamin K||482.9 µg||402%|
|(Source: USDA National Nutrient database)|
Spinach has a high content of water with 1 cup of cooked spinach providing 164 gram or approximately 5 oz. of water. This is particularly important because our skin cells are also made up of water. Consuming plenty of water keeps your skin cells hydrated, making your skin look young and radiant.
It is a rich source of vitamin A. A cup of cooked spinach provides approximately 943 mcg of this vitamin which is equivalent to 105% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for men and 135% of the RDA for adult women. However, chronic use of vitamin A in high levels (more than 10 times the RDA) can lead to toxicity. So it is necessary to monitor the consumption of this vitamin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which is vital for growth and repair of your skin cells. Since this vitamin is not stored in the body, it has to be provided from your daily diet. Spinach is rich in vitamin C with one cup of cooked spinach providing approximately 17.6 mg or nearly 20% of the RDA for adult men and 23% of the RDA for adult women.
As stated earlier, iron is a vital component of haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that supplies oxygen to the tissues. One cup of cooked spinach contains approximately 6 ½ mg of iron which is equivalent to 81% of the RDA for adult men and 36% of RDA for adult women.
Magnesium plays an important role in healing skin wounds and infections. A cup of cooked spinach provides about 157 mg magnesium which is approximately 37% of the RDA for adult men and 49% of the RDA for adult women.
Cooked spinach is preferred to raw one because, like most leafy greens, it contains oxalic acid. This acid interferes with the body’s calcium absorption but cooking the spinach can eliminate its effects. Therefore, it is advisable to cook it rather than adding it to a salad in the raw form.
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