For quite a long time (and still today), people believed that spinach was a great way to fight anemia (Iron deficiency), because it is loaded with iron. I mean 1 cup of fresh spinach and you get 6.4mg of Iron (male=80% RDA and female=36%RDA) and 6% of your Calcium need… Right? Actually, Wrong: Both of those minerals cannot be completely absorbed by the body because spinach also contains Oxialic Acid which, when combined with Iron and Calcium, limits the absorption by the body. So if you are looking for an Iron boost, there are better choices like turnip green , baked potato or pumpkin seeds. Isn’t that a revelation? At least when I learned that I was pretty baffled. Seriously Popeye, why did you mislead us for so long?
Don’t worry though, all those years of spinach-eating were not in vain: it still is a great source of Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene) and C , which is great for the overall immune system. Furthermore, you’ll get a great amount of Magnesium, which aids enzyme, nerve and heart functions.
What’s your “Go to” Iron food?