How to get the most out of spinach?

The oxalic acid in spinach interferes with the absorption of calcium and iron and binds with calcium to form stones in the kidneys, if not consumed the right way. Photo: iStock/Lecic

Spinach is a nutrient-rich dish. It is also recommended to add it to the daily diet, especially during the cold season. There are many varieties of spinach, such as spiny amaranth, green and red spinach, and palak. However, the human body can only obtain its nutritional benefits if you eat spinach in the right way. The key lies in how the spinach is cooked. Nutritionist Namami Aggarwal shared on social media a while ago that the following mistakes should be avoided while consuming spinach.

Do not eat it raw
Namami says eating spinach raw can cause problems, including kidney stones. The oxalic acid in it interferes with the absorption of calcium and iron and binds with calcium to form stones. Therefore, do not eat spinach raw. Nevertheless, do not overcook the spinach either. This will cause it to lose its nutrients.

No spinach in smoothies
Namami points out that adding spinach to smoothies is also not a good idea. This eliminates the fibre in it. The oxalic acid content is not lost when added to a smoothie, as when eaten raw. Namami adds that spinach should be cooked only moderately to avoid the loss of nutrients and reduce oxalic acid levels. Spinach contains many nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and folic acid. Its antioxidants also reduce oxidative stress. Spinach is good for eye health and blood pressure control. The fibre in spinach improves digestion and helps in weight loss.

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