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1. The Popeye Myth

July 9, 2013

The Popeye Myth is that spinach contains lots of iron.

According to Brainpickings website

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Back in 1870, Erich Von Wolf , a German chemist, examined the amount of iron within spinach, among many other green vegetables. In recording his findings, he accidentally misplaced a decimal point when transcribing data from his notebook, changing the iron content in spinach from 3.5 milligrams of iron in a 100-gram serving of spinach, to 35 milligrams.  It was corrected in 1937, but too late the myth was well established.

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This study inspired the Popeye Cartoon character who gets  colossal strength eating cans of spinach.

Unfortunately, it was just a maths blooper. The good news is that:

Popeye Myth Busted.

Girl making face at spinach

Spinach does not have that much more iron than other vegetables.

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2 comments

  1. When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added-
    checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the
    same comment. Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?
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    • Soz Dallas Cowboy … the reason you get so many e-mails is that I upload 10 posts at a time. Mathspig



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