publish date 2022-01-28 09:56:03
Spinach is considered one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, due to its high nutrient content.
But nutrition experts recommend eating these green leaves with caution and in limited quantities to reap their benefits without harming your health, according to the “Times of India” newspaper.
There are many reasons why spinach is called a superfood such as it is low in calories, loaded with healthy nutrients and supports your health in many ways.
Spinach is rich in essential minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, C and K.
Regularly including these superfoods in your diet may help reduce cancer risks, manage blood sugar levels, maintain good health, lose weight, and increase hemoglobin levels.
Since spinach also has a low glycemic index (GI), it can also help control diabetes.
What happens if you eat spinach in excess amounts?
Eating a small bowl of spinach every day is not harmful to health and will not lead to any side effects. Eating extra spinach every day is slowly affecting your health in the following ways:
Nutrient deficiency: Spinach contains oxalic acid, which is a natural compound in plants. When the amount in the body exceeds the normal level, it begins to affect the body’s ability to absorb other minerals.
Oxalic acid is bound to zinc, magnesium, and calcium, which can lead to deficiencies in these minerals.
Allergies: Spinach contains histamine, a chemical found in some cells of the body that may cause a slight pseudo-allergic effect in some cases.
Toxic reaction: Excessive intake of spinach at one time or over a period of time may have a toxic effect on the body.
stomach problems Gas, bloating, and cramps can lead to these stomach problems due to the high fiber content in spinach.
Who should be careful when eating these green leaves?
If you have a history of kidney stones: When there is a lot of oxalic acid in the body due to eating large amounts of spinach, the body finds it difficult to expel it from the body, which leads to the accumulation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys, which increases the risk of developing kidney stones. the kidneys;
If you suffer from joint problems: Besides oxalic acid, spinach is also rich in purine, a type of compound.
These two compounds together may lead to gout, a type of arthritis. For those already suffering from joint pain, swelling, and inflammation, eating extra spinach may exacerbate symptoms.
If you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication: Being a rich source of vitamin K, spinach may interact with the anticoagulant drug used for blood-thinning purpose. It may also affect other clotting factors found in the blood.
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