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May 13, 1961

The Role of Nutrition Education in Combating Food Fads

JAMA. 1961;176(6):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190079044

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Abstract

The cynic looking today at the inordinate capacity of the American people for self-delusion might feel that Jefferson's ideas and ideals about education and enlightenment are the only salvation of man in a democracy that has fallen on evil days. If confronted with the alternative of widespread self-deceit or the incessant brain-washing propaganda of Big Brother, we may feel justified in condoning the silly in the knowledge that the less numerous intelligent members of society must make up for widespread ignorance. As an example of the hopeful attitude that education may really combat food fads and quackery we have this booklet. It consists of the major papers presented at a symposium on nutrition research and education held in Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 15, 1959, under the joint sponsorship of the Northern California Section, Institute of Food Technologists and The Nutrition Foundation, Inc. There is a remarkable degree of unanimity in discussions

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