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Popeye Had It Wrong!

Shiver me timbers, spinach not so special after all

The image of Popeye the Sailor squeezing open a can of spinach for that quick burst of strength is familiar. And we all know that it works because spinach has loads of iron, right?

Well, not exactly. Turns out spinach has no more iron than many other vegetables. And, according to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, meat, poultry and fish are better ways to consume iron. That's because the body is better able to absorb the essential nutrient from these sources.

Still, it's hard to imagine Popeye stopping in mid-fight for a nice, juicy steak.

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