JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
A New York chemist is reported to have treated some of his friends to what he called a “synthetic dinner,” each article of food being an artificial substitute for the real thing. It is not stated how well these materials tasted, but it is rather significantly said that after the dinner the chemist's friends joined the ranks of the “pure fooders.” As the Chicago Tribune aptly remarks, it was an object lesson showing “what kind of meals many of the people of the United States might expect in a few years to be sitting down to three times a day, in the absence of legislation for their protection.”
AN OBJECT LESSON IN PURE FOOD.. JAMA. 2006;295(9):1076. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.1076-b