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May 31, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(22):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710480039015

Any one who has carefully followed the advances in the science of nutrition during recent years must have been impressed by the influence that they have exerted on the dietary habits and food purchases of our population. There are factors other than science, however, that play a part in man's choice of his nutriment. Not the least of them are economic in character. The law of supply and demand comes into play, although it is sometimes markedly affected by political considerations. About a century ago the annual per capita consumption of sugar in the United States did not exceed ten pounds.1 Meanwhile sugar has been greatly cheapened in cost as an article of commerce. A few centuries ago it sold for not less than the equivalent of several dollars a pound. Today a thousand calories in the form of pure sugar can be purchased at retail for less than

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