Summer Pesto Spinach Salad
By Kreg Weiss, B HKin • July 2nd, 2006 • 7355 Views
This delightful spinach salad is easy to prepare. The main component of this salad, spinach, is a good source of Iron. Iron is a trace element, which is required by the body for the formation of haemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also a constituent of a number of enzymes such as the muscle protein myoglobin.
Proper dietary intake is required to maintain sufficient levels of Iron and optimal health.
Some concerns have been addressed for those who are vegetarian/vegan, in that plant based diets may lead to Iron deficiency. Plant diets tend to have lower amounts of Iron (compared to diets containing meat sources) or Iron absorption efficiency when proper diet guidelines are not established. Fortunately, with proper planning, preparation, and attention, Iron deficiency can be avoided by most vegetarians/vegans.
The absorption efficiency of iron from plant foods can be improved by consuming meals high in Iron with vitamin C (ascorbic acid), other organic acids such as malic acid (e.g. in pumpkins, plums and apples) and citric acid (in citrus fruits). This recipe includes lemon juice, which contains ascorbic acid which will aid in the absorption of Iron from the spinach.
If you are changing your diet or have health concerns that may affect your body's Iron levels, consult a qualified health care professional.
Consult a nutritionist to determine the best sources of Iron for your diet and methods of increasing the absorption efficiency....