Spinach

I like spinach. It’s one of the vegetables that I’ve always liked. I especially love making poached eggs on spinach. Yum!

We all know that spinach is a great vegetable, but what’s the best way to cook it?

According to WHFoods, they recommend boiling it to help reduce its concentration of oxalic acid. And to keep boiling time for just 1 minute to minimize loss of nutrients and flavor. The boiling water after cooking spinach should be discarded. Do not drink it or use for stock because of its acid content.

  • Use a large pot (3 quart) with lots of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add spinach to the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Begin timing as soon as you place the spinach in the pot if you are using 1 pound or less of spinach. If you are cooking larger quantities of spinach bring the water back to a boil before beginning timing the 1 minute.
  • Do not cover the pot when cooking spinach. Leaving the pot uncovered helps to release more of the acids with the rising steam. Research has shown that the boiling of spinach in large amounts of water helps decrease the oxalic acid content by as much as 50%.

They also recommend to include foods belonging to the chenopod family- including beets, chard, spinach and quinoa – in your diet 1-2 times per week. For leafy food like spinach, the recommended serving size is at least ½ cup, and even more beneficial, one full cup.

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