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    I've always heard it's possible to eat too much spinach due to the high amount of vitamin A. I've never worried about it until I went paleo. Now that I'm eating several big-ass spinach salads a week, I find I have to reconsider it.

    How much is too much?

  • #2
    Impossible to eat too much beta carotene. Vegetables don't contain retinol, which is the active form of vitamin A
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    • #3
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      Impossible to eat too much beta carotene. Vegetables don't contain retinol, which is the active form of vitamin A
      But it's possible to eat too much oxalates and goitrogens. Actually, it's quite easy and for many people spinach is a killer or at least a spoiler.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by anna5 View Post
        But it's possible to eat too much oxalates and goitrogens. Actually, it's quite easy and for many people spinach is a killer or at least a spoiler.
        Yes, I too would be concerned about the oxalates and goitrogens. I always remember this article from a while back,


        New England Journal of Medicine

        Cooked spinach for some of the time would be a better option than having loads of it raw.
        Last edited by Slinkykitty; 08-06-2013, 02:37 AM. Reason: fix link

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Slinkykitty View Post
          Yes, I too would be concerned about the oxalates and goitrogens. I always remember this article from a while back,


          New England Journal of Medicine

          Cooked spinach for some of the time would be a better option than having loads of it raw.
          Let's be real here. That woman was eating 1.0 to 1.5 kg of bok choy per day. A few salads a week is a completely different kettle of fish
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Originally posted by peril View Post
            Let's be real here. That woman was eating 1.0 to 1.5 kg of bok choy per day. A few salads a week is a completely different kettle of fish
            Well, SEVERAL big-ass spinach salads a week aren't a small "kettle." And it depends on ... what else is eaten. Nasty, pesky oxalates tend to be everywhere.
            Last edited by anna5; 08-06-2013, 04:35 AM.

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            • #7
              200g uncooked looks completely different to cooked 200g.

              I could easily do 800g raw into steamed/ cooked .


              From London England UK

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              • #8
                I usually prefer some mesclun, or just tossed vegetables with no leaves. Rotating plant foods is often wise but if you don't experience symptoms from the spinach I wouldn't sweat it.
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                • #9
                  yea, worry free if its working. I just like to rotate my greens and I'm constantly chowing on spinach, arugula, kale, and broccoli. Mix in some cauliflower and whatever and I keep my palate happy.
                  Living the dream - One life at a time!

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                  • #10
                    I can easily down 2 pounds of spinach, and when I do, I feel perfectly fine. Oh and there is loads of vitamin A in butternut squash and I literally ate 2 HUGE ONES last night, and I am just fine!

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                    • #11
                      Don't fall out of sync with nature by eating the same thing several times a week all year round, that's not primal eating... it's based on the idea we need "staple" foods that we eat daily, or regularly.

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                      • #12
                        I've been known to buy frozen spinach in a 3# block. I hardly eat it all in one sitting though.

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