spinach is a great source of calcium and other vital nutrientsDid you know that one cup of cooked spinach has way more calcium in it than soy milk, even when it’s “fortified” soy milk?

Calcium is a vital part of maintaining our health as adults and is crucial to children’s healthy physical development.  Calcium lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, at least for men, according to a Swedish study (which only studied men).

Although cow’s milk does have a lot of calcium in it, our bodies don’t absorb it as well as they do when the source is plant-based.  So, spinach, broccoli, almonds, and edamame all are great sources of healthy calcium.almonds for calcium and health alternative medicine food as medicine

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  1. Heather Cate

    We’ve had a question about cooked versus raw spinach nutrition. For simple starters, you have to chew alot more of the raw spinach to get things to add up to cooked spinach, but even then, cooked apparently has quite a bit more calcium. I’d love to know how that works!

    Bottom line regarding calcium content: cooked has about 25% more calcium than raw, even comparing equal weights of cooked and raw spinach.

    You can get details here:
    Raw: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2
    Cooked: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2627/2

    There are two other pages with info on frozen cooked spinach, but I haven’t dug into those.

    Aside from nutrition data, which is your fav: raw or cooked?

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