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March 1914

A STUDY OF THE NUTRITIVE VALUE OF SOME PROPRIETARY INFANT FOODS

Author Affiliations

URBANA, ILL.
From the Research Laboratory of the Department of Household Science of the University of Illinois. Most of the data in the paper are taken from the thesis submitted by Alice Biester for the Master's Degree.

Am J Dis Child. 1914;VII(3):169-183. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1914.04100390002001
Abstract

This investigation was suggested by the accumulating evidence that there may be danger in a restricted dietary even when the latter is entirely satisfactory in total energy value and in the proportion of protein, fat, carbohydrates and essential salts present in it.1 Many of the proprietary infant foods now frankly advertise that they are only partial foods and as such they often prove of value; but not infrequently they form the chief source of nourishment of infants, and medical literature contains numerous records of malnutrition attributed to them. It is of interest to know whether the failure of such a ration to maintain health or to sustain proper growth is due (a) to the character of some of the nutrients, for example, because its proteins can not supply all of the nitrogen requirements of the organism; or (b) to the absence from it of some essential "vitamine" or "growth

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