“Come on now, stop that, quit toying with your broccoli. Don’t look at me like that, like you want to get sick, just settle down and eat that spinach and wakame salad. Do it. Open your mouth. Take a full fork of that bean salad. Just do what I tell you.”
Remember your hero when you were young and frisky? OK so you imagine that you are STILL young and frisky. But when you used to idolize Popeye the Sailor Man you were YOUNGER and FRISKIER, right? Well you can be that way again if you eat up, eat it all up, all that repulsive green stuff on your plate. NOW.
Well, first of all it is low in fat and practically zero cholesterol, high in Niacin and Zinc, as well as Protein, Fiber, Vitamins A, C, E and K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, and Manganese – every one of these critical for good health, energy and metabolic balance, for every part of your body.
Second, it is great for the skin, which is cleaned from inside out with antioxidants. In fact, all dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for robust skin, healthy hair and bones. consuming spinach includes improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering the risk of cancer, reducing blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma, and more. You don’t want that shit, do you? No, I know you don’t want that shit. Nobody wants that shit but if you don’t eat right you’re liable to end up with it.
Third, it’s got stuff in it that you never heard of and don’t care about – but will keep away some awful medical conditions.
Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.
Spinach and other green vegetables contain chlorophyll, which has been shown to be effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines, which are generated when grilling foods at a high temperature.
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, of which spinach is an excellent source. Apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots are also rich sources of beta-carotene.
Lowering blood pressure
Due to its high potassium content, spinach is recommended for people with high blood pressure; it can help reduce the effects of sodium in the body. A low potassium intake may be just as big of a risk factor for developing high blood pressure as a high sodium intake.
Other high-potassium foods include avocado, banana, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, and oranges.
Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption is important for good health, as it acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.
Spinach is high in fiber and water, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.
Healthy skin and hair
Spinach is high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.
Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss, which may be prevented by an adequate intake of iron-rich foods, like spinach.
Dietary Fiber cleans you out
Dietary fiber, also known as roughage, is a nutrient required for proper digestion of food. It is made up of non-starchy polysaccharides like chitins, lignin, cellulose, dextrin, waxes, beta glucan and oligosaccharides. This indigestible part of the plant food moves through the digestive system, absorbing water and easing the bowel movements. Besides assisting with smooth bowel movements, fiber can also reduce the risk of heart diseases, stroke and hypertension.
Want to see inside yourself? (I used to have a cute Filipino pal who threatened people that way: ‘What if I show you your stomach?’ he smiled, while twirling his knife. Nice guy. Who knows where he is by now.)
A study has revealed that consuming 30 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber can reduce the risk of breast cancer. It also reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by almost 20%.
Types of Dietary Fiber:
Dietary fiber is divided into soluble and insoluble fiber. Both these fibers are present in all plant-based foods, but not in equal proportion.
- Soluble fiber, when ingested, forms a gel like consistency in the stomach and slows the digestion, preventing cholesterol and high blood glucose.
- Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in the water. It remains unchanged in the colon, making the waste heavier and softer so that it can move through the intestine easily.
Benefits of Insoluble Fiber:
- It promotes regular bowel movements, preventing constipation.
- It speeds up the elimination of toxic waste through the colon.
- It balances the pH level in the intestine, preventing the microbes from producing substances that can cause colorectal cancer.
Benefits of Soluble Fiber:
- It is beneficial in reducing cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein
- It regulates the sugar intake, helping people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Even the limeys will tell you that. No better source of info than the BBC, right?
Now we’ll show you just what you need, and you can pick and choose from our excellent, hygienic and healthful Yaudah Bistro Salad Selection.
We offer you a nice bowl of potato salad, prepared with Grandma’s recipe. Dammit, I know that Grandma’s dead, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a deal of a meal.
A Mitteleuropäische delicacy, this rich-tangy salad, sharpened with onion, lemon juice and secret spices*, also came from dead Grandma. Chewy and healthy.
This one is meant to support that main dish of steak, potatoes, sausage and beans. A lovely complement, this rich potpourri of seasonally-available garden veggies, lathered with your choice of dressing: Italian, French or Thousand Island.
Hey BINGO! This is a complete meal for the semi-vegetarian, packed up with available garden vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, cucumbers and sweet corn, smothered with strips of smoked chicken or beef pastrami and cheddar cheese. Slobbered with Italian, French or Thousand Island dressing and decorated with a slice of home-made Bistro Bauernbrot. ACHTUNG!
(*We could tell you what the ‘secret spices’ are but then we’d have to kill you)
What’s that? Tigers? Lions? Of course they don’t eat vegetables, silly. They eat naughty little girls like YOU. But then they lay down lazily and sleep all day, covered in flies. And then they get sick and die before they are forty.
Listen sweetie. What are the STRONGEST and SWEETEST and LONGEST-LIVING animals anyway?
The ELEPHANT, the WATER BUFFALO. And what do they eat? Yes, they eat that green stuff you don’t like, all day long. So, kids, be sure and