Getting kids to “eat their veggies,” on the other hand, is such a challenge it’s cliché. However, a misplaced decimal point and Popeye the sailor man propelled spinach sales and made the dark green vegetable popular—even among children. Here’s how it happened…
in 1870, German chemist Erich von Wolf, recorded the amount of iron in the flowering plant. He accidentally put the decimal point in the wrong place, reporting 35 mg of iron instead of the more accurate 3.5. Spinach became heralded as an iron powerhouse. Popeye etched the myth into stone, and our generation is probably healthier because of it.