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Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable. It comes from southwestern and central Asia. Its flowers are small and yellow. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate, making it healthy. Spinach, along with other green, leafy vegetables, is rich in iron.
Here are some perceptions about spinach that come from popular culture:
- Spinach is traditionally unpopular with children.
- The cartoon character Popeye eats spinach in order to become strong.
- "Nutrition Facts for Spinach, raw, one NLEA serving, 30 g". Nutritiondata.com. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "Basic Report from the USDA National Nutrient Database: Spinach, raw, 100 g". US Department of Agriculture, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27. 2014. http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3202?fg=&man=&lfacet=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=&qlookup=spinach. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- Yamasaki, Mitsuyo; Takahashi, Tatuya; Minohara, Atsuko; Ishibashi, Hisashi; Saito, Hiroshi (2001). "Changes of Food Preference in Children Aged 4 and 5 Years". Acta medica Nagasakiensia. 19 46 (3-4): 47-54. . http://naosite.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/10069/16193/1/acta46_03_09_t.pdf. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Sutton, Mike (2010). "SPINACH, IRON and POPEYE: Ironic lessons from biochemistry and history on the importance of healthy eating, healthy scepticism and adequate citation". Internet Journal of Criminology: 15. http://www.internetjournalofcriminology.com/Sutton_Spinach_Iron_and_Popeye_March_2010.pdf. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
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