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Sorrel leaves (gongurra) vs spinach leaves -- Which is better?

Sorrel leaves are comparatively higher in terms of fibre, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium and iron.

If you do not like the taste of spinach, we have good news for you. We got you a substitute of spinach which is also extremely high in nutrients. Sorrel leaves are very similar to spinach leaves and kale and contain chock-full of nutrients. Just a cup contains around 4g of fibre, 3g protein 17 percent iron and 106 percent of daily recommended vitamin A and C and 34 percent of your daily recommended magnesium. Here are more reasons why you might want to consider switching to sorrel leaves according to nutritionist Urvashi Sawhney.

Sorrel leaves are richer in nutrients

When compared to spinach, sorrel leaves are comparatively higher in terms of fibre, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium and iron. Further, a cup of sorrel leaves will provide you with only 30 calories which is the same as spinach.

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Sorrel leaves have a better taste and flavour

If you do not like the spinach in your smoothies, you might as well try sorrel leaves. It has a tangy, lemony flavour and it tastes nothing like spinach or kale. You can use changeri or Indian sorrel leaves to get rid of flat warts.

Sorrel leaves have mood-boosting properties

Sorrel leaves contain high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6 which can be excellent to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. So, eating sorrel leaves can help calm you down.

Tips to buy and store sorrel leaves

  • When you buy sorrel leaves, go for bright, green colour, crisp leaves. Avoid picking up any woody leaves or stems that are yellow in colour or are wilted.
  • You can store sorrel leaves for up to three days if you wrap it in a plastic and keep it in the refrigerator.

Note: Sorrel leaves also contain high levels of oxalic acid and thus may not be a good option for those suffering from kidney stones or rheumatism. They also have laxative properties and excessive consumption of sorrel leaves is likely to cause diarrhoea. Did you know these 5 side effects of eating excess spinach or palak?

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