Serving size: 1 cup (cooked)
Approximate price per serving: $0.17
If you love spinach, you're in luck: It's one of the most vitamin-rich foods in the produce section, and at less than 20 cents per serving, it's easy to work into your food budget. The laundry list of vitamins found in good supply in spinach includes:
Vitamin K: 1,100 percent
Vitamin A: 380 percent
Vitamin B9: 65 percent
Vitamin C: 30 percent
Vitamin B2: 25 percent
Vitamin B6: 23 percent
Vitamin E: 20 percent
Vitamin B1: 12 percent
Of the vitamins in spinach, you're getting even more than you need of K, which is necessary for blood to clot and for maintaining healthy bones, and A, which helps your eyes function properly, among other benefits.
With one-third of the iron you need, too, and calcium, protein, and fiber, you could almost live on this bright-green, leafy vegetable. Remember that a serving is one cup cooked; if you're eating it raw, double or triple that cup for a good dose of your daily vitamins.
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