Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In Their Own Words

This weeks Purple Paw Award goes out to a scholar in Mrs. Darby's class for her research on spinach. Spinach contains lots of iron, which help bring oxygen to your muscles.  Your muscle use oxygen for energy so that you can keep your body moving.  In the 1870 a German chemist miscalculated the iron content of spinach by misplacing the decimal point.  The world thought there were 35 milligrams of iron in spinach per serving.  This would be 10 times the amount found in any other vegetable.  The mistake wasn't discovered until the 1930's, when scientists realized that there were really 3.5 milligrams of iron in a serving of spinach.

This caused the popular misconception about spinach and is was Popeye ate spinach and not another vegetable.  Popeye was created in the 1920's.

Nice work on the research!!!

Mr. G

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