You won’t get your kids to eat their vegetables by nagging, threatening or bribing them. So what do you do? Why, you get Popeye the Sailor to do the dirty work for you.
Popeye is associated with spinach, and he is also credited for popularizing it among children. Spinach consumption increased by 33 percent in the United States between 1931 and 1935 as Popeye gained popularity.
And he’s still a good influence. A 2010 study revealed that children increased their vegetable consumption after watching Popeye cartoons. He’s obviously a good role model for healthier eating.
Of course, this doesn’t work with everyone. My mother tried to convince me and my brothers to eat spinach when we were kids by bringing up Popeye, but we weren’t buying. Spinach was spinach, and if Popeye liked it, well, that was his problem.