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Is it true that spinach has high cholesterol?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Cholesterol is produced by and comes from animals.
There are a few plants that have a similar compound to cholesterol, but it is used to treat high cholesterol, as it competes with cholesterol for absorption in the bowel. Spinach (and other dark green leafy vegetables) is high in lutein, which can lower cholesterol levels. The plant nicknamed cholesterol spinach may have higher levels of lutein.

In brief: No

Cholesterol is produced by and comes from animals.
There are a few plants that have a similar compound to cholesterol, but it is used to treat high cholesterol, as it competes with cholesterol for absorption in the bowel. Spinach (and other dark green leafy vegetables) is high in lutein, which can lower cholesterol levels. The plant nicknamed cholesterol spinach may have higher levels of lutein.
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Spinach

IS NOT A source of cholesterol ---- it is a source of oxalate ---

In brief: Spinach

IS NOT A source of cholesterol ---- it is a source of oxalate ---
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine

In brief: Not true

Raw spinach has no cholesterol and has a number of health benefits.
However it is easy to make it cholesterol-laden and unhealthy by adding butter, cheese, or other toppings.

In brief: Not true

Raw spinach has no cholesterol and has a number of health benefits.
However it is easy to make it cholesterol-laden and unhealthy by adding butter, cheese, or other toppings.
Dr. Doug Hansen
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