Now in Week Two of the E.coli spinach scare, the public health mystery remains unsolved and has to date affected 173 people in 25 states. Banished from supermarket aisles and restaurant menus, spinach has become the subject of countless thorny debates, from culprits to dinner-plate substitutes.
Here, a spinach-scare opinion sampler plate that has been served up during the course of this agri-drama:
The intricacies of the federal food safety system are under scrutiny ... if cattle farmers would stop feeding cows grain and feed them grass, then the spinach problem would disappear ... Obesity is a more pressing public health problem than contaminated spinach ... the spinach ban, seen through a child's eyes ... and to round out the menu, a helping of spinach satire...
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P.S. If you're going through spinach withdrawal, remember, there are other eligible members of the green leafy department, including collard greens, kale or chard, all nutritional powerhouses in their own right.
In fact, 1 cup of raw chard (or 1/2 cup cooked) offers whopping amounts of Vitamin K and A just like spinach, but also offers half -- as in 50 percent -- of your daily requirement for Vitamin C! Although it lags behind spinach in iron (22 percent to spinach's 35.7 percent), chard beats spinach in the Vitamin E race (16.6 to 8.6 percent), proving it's far from a shabby substitute.
And if you're just getting up to snuff on the spinach scare, I wrote about the leafy green from the local/seasonal angle in this space last week.
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