Friday, June 4, 2010

Found the Low Down on Spinach!

By RealAge

When you buy spinach at the grocery store, should you grab the bagged spinach way deep in the dark shelf or opt for the clear plastic tub basking in fluorescent light?

Research suggests that the tub might be where it's at. In a recent study, spinach stored in clear plastic tubs under fluorescent lighting actually became more nutrient-rich in a short span of time.

Well-Lit Wonders
In the study, researchers refrigerated spinach under two conditions -- in total darkness and under fluorescent lighting. After 3 days, levels of lutein, zeaxanthin, folate, and vitamins C, E, and K had increased in the light-exposed leaves. But nutrient levels in the greens that got no light tended to stay the same or decrease.

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