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Fluorescent lighting increases nutrients in spinach!

March 5, 2010

New research indicates that fluorescent lighting typically found in supermarkets could boost the levels of vitamins C, K, E and folate in spinach, as well as carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

A team from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) wanted to see how the presentation of spinach in supermarkets – usually in clear plastic containers at around 39F (4C) – affected nutrient levels.

Levels of folate were seen to increase by 84 to 100 per cent over nine days of continuous light exposure, the researchers found, while vitamin K levels were up between 50 and 100 per cent.

The findings could lead to new ways of preserving spinach and other vegetables so they pack the biggest possible nutrient punch, the ARS team concluded.

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