The Strength of Spinach?
Don: Yaël, have you ever heard of Popeye the Sailorman? Whenever he is getting beaten up he eats some spinach and becomes really strong. His muscles bulge out and everything.
Yaël: I do burst your bubble Don. But eating spinach has nothing to do with strength.
D: Popeye is a lie?
Y: Not a lie, exactly. See, some time in the 1920s it was reported that a half cup of cooked spinach has thirty-four milligrams of iron, which is a lot. Iron is important because it carries oxygen in the blood. We need oxygen for energy; without enough of it people become weak and tired.
D: So spinach does make you strong, or at least puts extra pep in your step.
Y: Well, it might if it did have much iron. It turns out that the thirty-four milligrams was a typo. A half cup of cooked spinach really has only three point four milligrams of iron. Plus, spinach is actually worse than other iron-containing vegetables because it has a chemical that blocks most of its iron from being absorbed by the blood.
But when the typo was published the idea caught on that spinach was a muscle-building vegetable. That’s where the idea for Popeye came from.
D: So now I have to came up with another point.
Y: Or, how about just being happy with who you are!
D: Or, maybe I'll learn koradji.
Good News: Hot Chocolate Is Good for Your Heart!
Drinking green tea all the time may get a little boring,but it's helping me stay healthy. Antioxidants fight cancer and heart disease. I heard that fruit juices like cranberry juice also contain a lot of antioxidants.But I don't like cranberry juice.
Fruits and vegetables in general are a great source of antioxidants, but if you’re not in the mood for fruits and vegetables, what about drinking some hot cocoa?
Hot cocoa contains 2-3 times the amount of antioxidants that green tea does, and twice as much as red wine. You can, of course, get the antioxidant benefits of cocoa in other forms too, such as in candy bars and other desserts.
But your average cup of cocoa contains a lot less saturated fat than a regular chocolate bar. And you can cut down fat and sugar more by using skim milk and an artificial sweetener.
What’s more, though you could drink your cocoa cold, researchers recommend hot cocoa because the heat tends to trigger more antioxidants than cold cocoa