Spinach is high in iron and folate, a B vitamin routinely added to flour.

Folate prevents neural-tube defects in newborns and lowers blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that irritates blood vessels and is linked to heart disease.

Spinach contains two phytochemicals, lutein and zeaxanthin, that may prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. 

Options instead of spinach are kale, Swiss chard or collard greens.

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