Spinach And Your Teeth

Childrens_Dental_Center_All_About_SpinachNATIONAL SPINACH DAY    

National Spinach Day is observed annually on March 26th.  Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, it is also extremely good for you!

An annual plant, spinach is native to central and southwestern Asia. Thought to have originated in ancient Persia, Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then it was introduced into ancient China where it was known as “Persian vegetable   The earliest available record of the spinach plant was recorded in Chinese, saying that the spinach plant was introduced into China via Nepal.

In 1533, Queen Catherine de Medici of France, liked spinach so much that she insisted it is served at every meal.  To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine”, reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

Spinach is:

  • Eaten raw or cooked and is available fresh, frozen or canned.
  • One of the best sources of iron.
  • A great source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
  • Loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.

Types of spinach:

Savoy:  dark green color with curly leaves; usually sold in fresh bunches.
Flat or Smooth Leaf:  broad smooth leaves; mostly grown for canned and frozen spinach as well as soups, baby food and processed foods.
Semi-savoy:  a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves:  is sold fresh and processed.

More Spinach Facts:

  • Following China, The United States is the world’s second largest producer of spinach.
  • California, Arizona and New Jersey are the top spinach producing states in the United States.

There are many ways to add spinach to your daily diet and partake in its health benefits! Read more here: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-spinach-day-march-26/

Spinach Teeth

Do you ever eat a fresh spinach salad and find your teeth feeling strange and chalky? Popsugar.com says you’re not alone! “Spinach teeth” is caused by the high quantities of oxalic acid found in spinach. The oxalate crystals leak out from spinach as you chew, and these crystals coat the teeth, which results in that gritty feeling. Read more on the acid fund in spinach, and how it affects your body here: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Causes-Spinach-Teeth-551249

Have a wonderful National Spinach Day!!

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