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Spinach is a great way to add variety in a healthy plant-based diet (see also here, here). Spinach appears to be protective against the risk of breast cancer, brain tumors, kidney cancer, lung cancer, pediatric brain tumors, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer.

Spinach is a great source of folate, which may be preferable to folic acid supplements (though the latter should still be taken in early pregnancy). A single spoonful of spinach has as much lutein and zeaxanthin as 9 eggs. A third cup of spinach a day’s worth is recommended for optimal eye protection. Spinach is still a good source of antioxidants. It also provides nitrates, which can in certain circumstances improve arterial function and athletic performance.

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