In 1929, the Popeye cartoon debuted. Popeye attributed his strength to spinach. The popularity of Popeye helped boost spinach sales. Today marketing research shows that using Popeye as a role model for healthier eating does work. A 2010 study revealed that children increased their vegetable consumption after watching Popeye cartoons. What a great way to bond with your children over spinach. I still chuckle every time I watch a Popeye cartoon and watch Popeye turn into the strong man after eating spinach.
Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. If you too want to be strong like Popeye, aim for 1 cup fresh spinach a day ! Toot Toot !