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I heard that I shouldn't eat spinach if I have osteoporosis
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An_223949 posted:
Has anyone else heard this?
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Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA responded:
Spinach is a nutritious food with many vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium and vitamin K. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, these vitamins and minerals are also important for bone health. While spinach also contains calcium, the calcium is not absorbed well by the body. This is because spinach contains oxalates which interfere with calcium absorption. Some examples of other foods that contain oxalates are beet greens and rhubarb. So while you can't count spinach as a good source of calcium, it's still nutritious and a good part of a healthy well-balanced diet.
 
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Tomato05 replied to Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA's response:
So if one eats spinach (or rhubarb or beet greens) together with calcium-rich food such as dairy, will it inhibit the absorption of calcium from those foods too?
 
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Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA replied to Tomato05's response:
No it will not, but you won't receive any calcium from the spinach itself. Spinach has other health benefits so don't eliminate it from your diet if you enjoy it!
 
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votres replied to Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA's response:
We don't eat things that are green. Long ago my parents taught us that most of them are really bad for you. So we never ate them and my parents lived to be in their 90's.
We are all healthy and seldom visit a doc. When we do it is a naturepath doc. We even had our kids at home and avoided the hospital. No infections and no costs. After all more kids have been birthed in their own homes than in hospitals and are much stronger than those born in those institutions.
So you all who like greens can have our share. We will stick pretty much with our russets, rice, steak and fried chicken dinners after Sunday church.
Have a great life.


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