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Was the U.S. government responsible for Popeye's dependance on spinach?

Whenever the cartoon sailor is on the verge of a fight, he squeezes open a can of spinach, pours the greens down his throat, and uses his muscles to pummel his opponent. Some sources claim that this ...
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Can humans digest the iron present in spinach?

In this article by Spiegel Online (German), there is a claim that humans cannot absorb/digest/use the iron present in spinach: Das tatsächlich im Spinat enthaltende Eisen ist für Menschen per ...
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Was a misplaced decimal point responsible for the popular belief that spinach has a lot of iron?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Popeye loved his leafy greens and used them to obtain his super strength, Arbesman’s book explained, because the cartoon’s creators knew that ...