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January 22, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):182-184. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440560010001d

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Few of us have any idea of the number of kinds of food which we eat in a year or of their absolute or relative cost. Man is said to be an omnivorous animal and this is generally taken to mean that he eats about equally of animal and vegetable food. The feeding of people collectively, as in the large public institutions, is not a test of the amount and variety of food consumed by the average man nor of the cost of it. Some time ago one of the Chicago papers instituted a prize competition for the best bill of fare which could be furnished for $500 a year for a family of five persons. This brought forward a great many statements of the cost of living. Some of these were doubtless accurate, while many others bore such evidence of inaccuracies as to make them worthless.

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