Side Effects of Eating Spinach

Spinach is a common vegetable which are consumed by many families every day. However, you should follow some rules to consume this type of vegetable to avoid the side effects which may weaken your health.

You should not eat spinach along with cucumber. This is because that the spinach is rich in vitamin c and cucumbers contain enzymes which can decompose vitamin c. So they should not be consumed together to avoid any interference. Also, you should avoid having tofu with spinach. The reason for that is because spinach contains a large amount of oxalic acid while tofu has abundant calcium ions in its contents. The combination of spinach and the calcium contained in tofu can produce stones which will affects absorption of calcium as well. So, you should put spinach in boiling water before consuming them with tofu if they must be consumed together.

Moreover, Spinach should not be eaten with animal liver which is rich in some minor nutrition elements like copper and iron. These elements will easily make vitamin c lose their nutritional value. So, food with abundant iron elements such as animal liver or egg yolks should not be consumed with vegetables containing oxalic acid such as amaranth and spinach. This is because that cellulose and oxalate will both affect absorption of iron for the human body.

Lastly, spinach should be taken with calcium supplement pills together. Spinach is rich in oxalic acid, and it can easily be combined with the calcium in the intestine to form calcium oxalate precipitation, which will easily produce stones. So the spinach should be put in the boiling water for a while before consumption. As a result, children and the elderly should avoid taking those oxalate abundant vegetables like spinach, green pepper and parsley within two hours of consumption of calcium supplement pills.

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