Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a leafy green vegetable that originated in Persia. It belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beets and quinoa. What’s more, it’s considered very healthy, as it’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.
There must be a reason why Popeye couldn’t stop gushing about his love for spinach and there are plenty of reasons for you to join the brigade too. Spinach is also a great source of folate, dietary fibre, vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Fibre delays digestion, which ensures that the sugar is not metabolized quickly and cause a surge in blood sugar levels
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) denotes spinach and such green leafy vegetables are super healthy foods for diabetics, both type 1 and type 2[i]. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence, more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium, and protein. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. Thus, spinach, being low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals, stands at the top of all good vegetables for diabetes.