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Old December 18th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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Arugula vs. Spinach

Lately I have been eating mixed greens alot but was thinking that it would be best if I went back to spinach. As I was perusing through the organic veges at the store, I noticed arugula sitting next to the spinach.

Is spinach a better choice than arugula?
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Old December 18th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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According to the info at nutritiondata.com, 100g raw spinach provides (among other things) 188% vitamin A and 47% vitamin C. The equivalent amount of arugula provides 47% and 25% respectively, of the same nutrients. Spinach is also a much better source of folate and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

So, to answer your question, spinach is a better source of certain key nutrients than arugula is.

Not sure, however, why this is an "either/or" proposition. What's wrong with including some mixed greens as well as spinach? Spinach is a super food, but IMO, no superfood does it all, and getting a variety is best.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 05:28 PM
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Thanks for the info. As far as the either or part, the store that I usually go to only sells these big cartons of spinach that don't fit in my fridge. But I will defintely go out and get some spinach and just divy it up into smaller containers and cram it in there.
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Old December 20th, 2005, 10:16 AM
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Besides, aragula (sp?) tastes wayyy different. It has this spicy kind of taste which makes it more or less appealing to eat raw.

Just my two cents.
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Old December 20th, 2005, 10:56 AM
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According to the info at nutritiondata.com, 100g raw spinach provides (among other things) 188% vitamin A and 47% vitamin C. The equivalent amount of arugula provides 47% and 25% respectively, of the same nutrients. Spinach is also a much better source of folate and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

So, to answer your question, spinach is a better source of certain key nutrients than arugula is.

Not sure, however, why this is an "either/or" proposition. What's wrong with including some mixed greens as well as spinach? Spinach is a super food, but IMO, no superfood does it all, and getting a variety is best.

Another great post from "Stacy's Mom".

This is a good example of seeking out the answers to your questions -- Stacy's Mom didn't have any more resources at her disposal than anyone else, nor did she have a ton of "prior knowledge" regarding spinach or arugula. She just did a quick comparison (how long did that take - 5 minutes) and had the answer.

I encourage everyone on this forum to follow this proactive example.
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Old December 20th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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Lately I have been eating mixed greens alot but was thinking that it would be best if I went back to spinach. As I was perusing through the organic veges at the store, I noticed arugula sitting next to the spinach.

Is spinach a better choice than arugula?
And BTW, nice to see you eating your greens!
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