The myth of Popeye and spinach
Despite this myth, Spinach is a natural resource of vitamins and minerals and fibers.
Health and Esthetics
During my childhood, one of the cartoons I liked the most was that unpaired couple called Popeye and Olivia; for me they were some of the best. I remember that I was so skinny that my old man called me Olivia, and told me if you like to see Popeye eating spinach as much as he does, then you'll be very strong. Imagine my answer! It was the time when in most of the houses only Milanese or churrascos were eaten; if they weren't with mashed potatoes, they went out with fried food... but roasted; forget about salads, much less GREEN. Spinach, for God's sake! Years later, when I began to study Nutrition, I was working on iron in animals and vegetables and there I learned something that during long years of my life I believed to be true, but it was only a myth. I share a textual quote from the spinach myth of "Popeye," which originated from the error in a comma. In 1870, the German chemist Erich Von Wolf investigated the amount of iron in spinach and green vegetables. Writing his discoveries in a notebook, the expert made a mistake, giving the vegetable 10 times more iron than it actually had. Instead of writing that the food had 3.5 milligrams of iron in a 100 gram portion of spinach, the expert forgot the comma, recording then that the iron content was 35 milligrams. Although Von Worf's error was corrected in 1937, when someone checked his calculations and in 1981 the British Medical Journal published an article in which they denied the myth of spinach, the food is still recognized as one of the vegetables with the highest iron content. His mistake gave rise to Popeye's obsession with vegetables, which he ate in large quantities to increase its strength. Despite this myth, Spinach is a natural resource of vitamins and minerals and fiber. Among the vitamins, it contains Vitamin A, C, E, K, as well as group B vitamins, B1, B2, B6, B9 (folic acid). Among the minerals contains Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus, Zinc, Iodine, and Selenium. Eating Spinach has many health benefits! Do like Popeye: include it in your diet!