What is the difference between baby spinach and regular spinach?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between baby spinach and regular spinach?”, and discuss the types of spinach. 

We will also discuss the nutritional profile and health benefits of baby spinach and the nutritional profile and health benefits of regular spinach.

What is the difference between baby spinach and regular spinach?

The difference between baby spinach and regular spinach is that baby spinach is harvested before the leaves of the spinach are fully matured (15-35 days after plantation),  whereas regular spinach has matured leaves. 

Baby spinach are the younger leaves that are also flat and smooth. The cost of baby spinach is high compared to regular spinach. Baby spinach turns slimy and mushy when cooked while the regular spinach maintains a more palatable texture. The taste of baby spinach is sweeter compared to regular spinach which has a mild but bitter earthy taste.

What are the 4 types of spinach?

The 4 types of spinach are:

  1. Spinach with flat or smooth leaves – has a mild earthy taste and is crisp.
  2. Savoy – is dark green, bumpy and looks like kale. The texture is unique and has a deep rich flavour.
  3. Semi-Savoy – part savoy and part flat spinach. Has a lighter colour and a bumpy texture
  4. Lambs quarters – is the wild variety and looks like weed. It has an earthy but bitter flavour with a pointed fuzzy texture.

What is baby spinach?

Baby spinach is a vegetable whose leaves are flat and smooth that have been picked off when they are still smaller in size. It has a dry fuzzy mouthfeel which is caused when the mouth’s saliva is mixed with oxalic acid present in spinach.

What is the nutritional profile of baby spinach?

4 cups of baby spinach contains 20 calories, 2 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fibre with no sugar and no fat. It also contains a vast variety of micronutrients such as calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, Vitamins A,B-6,C,E,K, zinc, potassium and phosphorus

What are the health benefits of baby spinach?

The low calories in spinach makes it a good food source for patients with obesity as well as diabetic patients. (Diabetic patients also tend to gain weight, either by overeating, or by the excessive use of insulin). The vast variety of micronutrients found in baby spinach can help against signs and symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies. 

The presence of iron in spinach makes it valuable and the absorption can be enhanced by the intake of vitamin C along with spinach suh as citrus fruits. Spinach also contains calcium but the presence of oxalate in spinach hinders the absorption of calcium from spinach as it chelates with calcium and gets excreted from the body. 

What is the nutritional profile of regular spinach?

1 cup raw or half cup cooked spinach contains 7 calories, 0-1 grams protein, 24 mg magnesium, 167 mg of potassium, and 58 micrograms of folate. It also contains K vitamin, and fibre, and is also a source of iron and calcium.

What are the health benefits of regular spinach?

Regular spinach can reduce the risk of diabetes because it contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which is responsible for lower levels of glucose in blood and enhancing insulin sensitivity. 

Spinach is a green vegetable which has important roles in the prevention of cancer because of the presence of chlorophylls, which block harmful products such as heterocyclic amines, produced during grilling at increased temperatures.

Spinach lowers the risk of asthma in adults and children because of the presence of Beta-carotene. The potassium in spinach is useful and beneficial in regulating blood pressure specially in patients of cardiovascular diseases. The presence of vitamin K in spinach helps the bone to absorb calcium. 

Spinach is beneficial to treat constipation because it is rich in fibre and water. Spinach is also beneficial for healthy skin and hair as it contains good amounts of Vitamin A and C which have their respective roles in the growth of body tissues (especially hair and skin), and in the building and maintenance of collagen.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question,”What is the difference between baby spinach and regular spinach?”, and discussed the types of spinach, what baby spinach is. Wel also discussed the nutritional profile and health benefits of baby spinach and the nutritional profile and health benefits of regular spinach.

References

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-baby-spinach
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609

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