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April 3, 1937

PROTEIN, SALT AND FLUID CONSUMPTION OF 1,000 RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1160-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140016005
Abstract

Various workers in nutrition have stated that a daily protein intake of from 75 to 100 Gm., a daily salt intake of from 2 to 4 Gm.1 and a fluid intake of from 1.000 to 2,000 cc. are suitable or optimal components of an adequate diet. In the United States particularly it has been believed that most people eat from 75 to 100 Gm. of protein daily.2 Von Voit3 suggested 118 Gm. of protein as a desirable daily intake. McLester4 favors 100 Gm. daily for stamina and vigor. Studies on the twenty-four hour urines which yielded information for the urea, salt and fluid excretion have been made since 1920 on normal individuals who appeared for health examination. These studies provide material for an analysis of the habitual diet of residents of New York City. The study comprises 1,000 such individuals, normal so far as they knew,

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