Popeye helps children eat more greens

Research shows cartoon character can encourage children to munch vegetables

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Children who watch Popeye eat more vegetables, a new study has shown.

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Researchers at Mahidol University in Thailand found children aged four and five who regularly watch Popeye, double their intake of vegetables.

Popeye is famous for guzzling tins of spinach and beating his arch rival, Bluto with his big muscles.

The findings showed the children in the study ate, on average, four portions of vegetables a day after watching the cartoon, compared with just two portions before the study.

The research leader, Professor Chutima Sirikulchayanonta concluded that the study has actually encouraged more children to take an interest in planting vegetables.

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All the research volunteers also took more of an interest in eating healthily after finishing the study.

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