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what are the best choice for salad greens?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 24, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I eat big salads a couple of times a week with sardines and olive oil. I recently read raw spinach is not the healthiest choice. what are the best choice for salad greens? spring mix? arugula? lettuce?

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on March 25, 2013
at 12:35 AM

LOL I didn't read a word you wrote except for "raw" and "spinach." Time to go outside.

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on March 25, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Raw spinach is gross...just steam it.

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on March 24, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Lettuce is not devoid of nutrients. Look it up on Cronometer.

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on March 24, 2013
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I think that might be over-stating the antinutrients a bit. Yes, spinach and stuff has oxalates, but in the context of an otherwise nutrient-dense and varied Paleo diet, devoid of white bread and other such processed foods, I don't think that avoiding raw kale is going to make any significant difference in nutrient absorption.

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on March 24, 2013
at 10:38 PM

The only thing I've ever heard about spinach is that the iron is only "unlocked" for absorbsion when it is cooked. That being said, I don't think they are a bad choice for salads its just not the best way to get the high iron content out of it. I just made a great salad today with chopped swiss chard and kale as the greens - they don't have to be cooked to eat them though I would chop the kale very fine since its a little tough. Mixed greens are easy but the whole fad of "baby" veggies (especially greens) is kind of a mixed bag. Baby greens are easy to grow and produce but they usually don't contain the full vitamin content of the adult version. Red leaf, green leaf and romaine are all great salad bases and still nutritious. Cabage could also be used as a spinach base or beet greens... mmm, now I'm hungry - I'm gonna go make a salad

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on March 24, 2013
at 09:26 PM

What's wrong with spinach? Oxalates? sigh

Eat spinach if you like it. Don't let toxophobia get the best of you...

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on March 25, 2013
at 12:30 AM

I guess not usually referred to as "greens" but I favor slaws since I am descended from people who basically ate cabbage and the odd piece of animal for millenia. I like to grate cabbage, radish, carrot, and apple together with some lemon juice a beaten egg and some curry powder. Amazing.

I have no problem with lettuce and spinach. Other greens I like to eat raw are basil, dill and arugula. You can base an entire salad on arugula as the main leaf.

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on March 25, 2013
at 01:58 PM

I would imagine that the best approach is variety.

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on March 24, 2013
at 08:32 PM

seaweed/sea vegetables. they're amazing for you. try mixing them in with some dandelion greens, or big handfuls of herbs like parsley cilantro. also you don't necessarily need greens. slice some turnips, tomatoes, parsnips, avocado, etc. you could use lettuce, although it's almost devoid of nutrients. some shredded cabbage could work to.

as for anti-nutrient plants, anything that tastes excessively bitter should be avoided raw, in my opinion. i stay away from broccoli, kale, spinach, etc. cooking removes a portion of the anti-nutrients but not all of them.

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on March 24, 2013
at 09:11 PM

I think that might be over-stating the antinutrients a bit. Yes, spinach and stuff has oxalates, but in the context of an otherwise nutrient-dense and varied Paleo diet, devoid of white bread and other such processed foods, I don't think that avoiding raw kale is going to make any significant difference in nutrient absorption.

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on March 24, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Lettuce is not devoid of nutrients. Look it up on Cronometer.

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