You don't have to be Popeye to eat your spinach. This vegetable provides many benefits, and using it to make spinach pie provides you with a tasty option for lunch or dinner. This pie, which combines spinach and other vegetables in either a typical pie crust or phyllo dough, is high in nutrition -- it contains vitamins and minerals as well as macronutrients while remaining low in fat.
Calories and Fat
One serving of one brand of spinach pie -- 1/4 of the total pie -- contains 240 calories. You also take in 4 grams of fat, which is only a small portion of the suggested limit for daily fat intake: 20 to 35 grams. Keeping fat intake to a within this range may positively influence your cholesterol levels. Of the fat in a serving of spinach pie, 3 grams are saturated, the type of fat that contributes to heart disease. The calories and fat in a serving of spinach pie vary from brand to brand, depending on the ingredients used and the ratio of filling to crust.
Carbohydrates and Protein
Spinach pie provides both carbohydrates and protein, macronutrients that find use as energy providers. One serving provides 37 grams of carbohydrates, an amount that satisfies a considerable amount of your daily requirement of 130 grams. A serving contains 13 grams of protein; you need 46 to 56 grams of protein daily.
Eat spinach pie to increase your intake of vitamin A -- a serving of this pie satisfies 35 percent of the daily recommended intake if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet. The vitamin A in this spinach dish contributes to the health of your eyes. A serving of spinach pie also delivers 15 percent of the vitamin C you should consume each day.
The mineral content of spinach pie makes it a good choice for heart and blood health. One serving of the pie contains 20 percent of the calcium you need each day. While calcium is known as a nutrient that bolsters bone and tooth strength, it may also play a role in maintaining heart function. You get 20 percent of your daily iron requirement, too. Iron helps make hemoglobin and myoglobin, critical components of blood.
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