3. Spinach: There’s a reason Mama said to eat your leafies. Spinach is filled to the brim with B6, folate, zinc, tyrosine, and riboflavin. This formerly Asian native green can really raise spirits.
Want to know where the spinach-reheating taboo comes from? After World War II, spinach was a rare commodity and often reheated and thought to have caused cancers due to absorbed heavy metals. There is truth to this. Spinach is full of nitrates, which break down into nitrites once continuous heat is applied, which can lead to methemoglonemia, or can break down into nitrosamines, which can lead to cancer, but doesn’t have to.