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January 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030054014

On January 9 the publicity agency for the British American Ambulance Corps released a mimeographed news statement to the American press stating that tablets to be known as "Vitamin Sweets" were being prepared in great quantities for shipment to England. According to information just obtained, the tablets of "Vitamin Sweets" were to contain vitamin A 7,000 international units,1 vitamin B1 700 international units, riboflavin 4.6 mg., ascorbic acid 70 mg., vitamin D 700 international units, and sucrose with flavoring 21 Gm., this amount to make one roll of fourteen tablets. The children of Great Britain, it was suggested, would receive six tablets daily. According to the newspaper release, these are all the vitamins necessary to prevent deficiency disease. It was stated that "an adequate supply of these vitamins will prevent such symptoms as moodiness, sluggishness, fear, mental and physical fatigue as well as the ordinary deficiency diseases such