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December 2, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(23):1813-1814. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480045020

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Fruit Juices in the Diet of Patients  Prof. Carl H. von Noorden, an authority on metabolism, has issued some interesting statements on the value of unfermented fruit juices in the diet of patients. In most fruits, unless enriched by the addition of sugar, the caloric content is too low to constitute the major portion of the total food requirement for an adult. In latitudes with a hotter climate that furnish products with a high sugar content (figs, dates, bananas, oranges, grapes, sugar cane, melons, pineapples), these may supply often more than half of the food requirement. In Germany, the home-grown fruit, on the average, might cover from 10 to 12 per cent of the total food requirements of the German population, while the imported fruits might contribute almost 10 per cent more. In Germany, fruit plays the part of a highly valuable supplementary food. The enjoyment derived from eating fruit

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