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July 26, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(4):268-269. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720040026010

Cereals are among the foods that supply energy to man at the lowest cost. Wheat enjoys the greatest popularity as a human food among the cereal crops of this country. According to studies made by the Food Research Institute of Stanford University,1 wheat flour consumption in the United States has decreased 20 per cent within the past twenty years. It appears that the place of wheat has been taken principally by sugar and to a smaller degree by other foods. In some sections of the country the use of wheat is surprisingly small. In discussing the facts, Swanson1 has pointed out that there is a lessened demand for fuel foods. People are better clothed, they have warmer houses, and the introduction of more automatic machines means that they do less hard physical work. The proportion of "white collar" workers has increased, and they need less food than those

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