The importance to both mother and child of adequate protein intake during pregnancy has been well established. The medical and nutritional aspects of the problem have been reviewed recently by Williams1 in The Journal. Numerous and thorough studies of the diets of pregnant women reviewed by him indicate, however, that the protein intake of these women seldom equaled the National Research Council recommendation of 85 Gm. daily and that it was less than 60 Gm. a day in about 50 per cent of the cases.
The purpose of the study being reported was to test the effectiveness of a simple dietary recommendation that could be made to the patient by the physician, whether family doctor or specialist, and which if followed would insure an increased protein intake for the pregnant woman, especially the one with anemia.
The dietary recommendation selected for test was "Eat plenty of meat—have a generous
LEVERTON RM, Lincoln TJM. MEAT IN THE DIET OF PREGNANT WOMEN. JAMA. 1946;130(3):134–136. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870030014004