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Last Updated: Friday December 02 2005 19:33 GMT

New cartoon to make kids like veg

Cartoon makers are hoping their latest show could encourage children to eat more Brussels sprouts and other unpopular fruit and vegetables.

"Elfy foods" features a team of elves who earn themselves special powers every time they pick up healthy food.

Brussels sprouts give them special "gas power" and oranges become "C-squirters" which get rid of coughs and sneezes.

Children's charities such as Barnardo's and Childline say they think the cartoon may help improve kids' diets.

A recent survey found that sprouts are the vegetables that kids hate the most.

But "Elfy foods" makers are hoping their cartoon could make them popular again like Popeye did with spinach.

The first episode of the cartoon will be on TV on Monday.

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