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March 27, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(13):1129-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130113016

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Feb. 27, 1937.

A Dietary Survey  The Medical Research Council has published a survey of the food eaten by representative communities in England and Scotland, which is the third of three reports by Prof. E. P. Cathcart and Mrs. A. M. T. Murray. A point brought out in the earlier investigations was the relative constancy in the distribution of calories between protein, fat and carbohydrate eaten by people in different towns. In particular the constancy of the percentage of protein eaten was remarkable: 11.03 in St. Andrews, 10.16 in Cardiff and 10.32 in Reading. Yet the foods eaten in these towns differed widely. Throughout the past fifty years, discussions of food and nutrition have largely centered round the calory value of the diet, and 3,000 calories a day per man for many became a standard. More recently the figure has been raised to 3,400 calories.

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