We also need to eat more whole fruit and foods from all the other food groups, including meat, dairy and grains.
Do these messages sound familiar? The new guidelines are fairly similar to the last five-year edition, but they include new recommendations for infants and toddlers, expanded recommendations for pregnant or breastfeeding women and updated recommendations for children, teens, adults and older adults.
Basically, the new guidelines include updates for all of us.
Let’s talk about spinach, which lends its brilliant hue to our recipe of the week. Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables provide a range of nutrients. Spinach is one of the best foods to promote eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin, the natural pigments in spinach, may help protect us from macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Depending on your age, you might remember Popeye the Sailor Man gulping down cans of spinach. His arm muscles bulged almost as soon as he ate his spinach.
I can’t promise large biceps without a lot of weight lifting and good nutrition. However, spinach has a lot of potential health benefits.
Spinach provides us with carotenoid pigments, which our body can convert to vitamin A. That’s good for maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes.