London: Cartoon character Popeye, known for his bulging biceps and vegetarian diet, is responsible for encouraging millions of children to eat spinach, a study has shown.Scientific research has now recognised the cartoon sailor man`s huge impact on children`s eating habits.Experts noticed that kids, who regularly watched Popeye gobble spinach before his bouts with his arch-rival Bluto, doubled their vegetable intake, Daily Telegraph reported Monday quoting the findings of the study published in journal Nutrition & Dietetics.
The experiment that also urged children to plant their own vegetables, led to the volunteers taking more interest in healthy eating.Sirikulchayanonta stated that Popeye did not influence an increase in the children`s fruit consumption. However, this could be because they already had plenty of fruit in their diet.IANS
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