It is really great that Popeye encourages kids to eat more vegetables, claims study. With his huge biceps & vegetarian diet, Popeye has been credited with encouraging millions of children to eat spinach since 1930s. Popeye, who was produced by Elzie Crisler Segar for the thimble theatre comic strip & 1st showed up on screen in 1933, is acknowledged with helping save the US spinach industry in the 1930s.
Experts found that kids who regularly viewed Popeye scoffing spinach prior to his animated fights with his arch-rival Bluto, more than doubled their vegetable intake. The children, older 4 and 5, ate four portions of vegetables a day after watching the cartoon idol compared to two prior to the research.