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September 28, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(13):1062-1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600390046018

When we were warned, early in the war, that an impending shortage of fats—a deficit due to lack of tonnage and the extensive use of fats in the manufacture of munitions, as well as to decreased animal production—called for intelligent conservation of these foodstuffs, there was some uneasiness as to the outcome. It had early been heard as a prominent complaint against war time diets in Germany, in which the fats were said to be very low, that they do not "stay by" and consequently they put the consumer in the position of a dietetically unsatisfied individual. With a possible decrease in the procurability of butter, lard, suet and tallow impending, the vision of a perennially hungry public began to worry the food experts. But necessity is the mother of invention; consequently new sources of fats have come to notice and hitherto little used fats have gained a novel prominence.