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May 15, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(20):1726-1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780200048020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 17, 1937.

The Nutrition of the Nation  In 1935 the minister of health appointed a committee to investigate the diet of the people and to report on any changes that appear desirable in the light of modern advances in the knowledge of nutrition. The committee has now published a report in which it states that this is "the first occasion in history that a comprehensive survey, statistical and physiologic, of the diet of a whole nation has been set on foot by any government." It regards the consumption of a sufficient quantity of milk as the key to proper nutrition. The desirable amount for children is from 1 to 2 pints daily, for expectant or nursing mothers about 2 pints, and for adults about half a pint. Our present national consumption of milk is not half what would correspond to these amounts. "No other

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