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March 15, 1941

The American and His Food: A History of Food Habits in the United States

JAMA. 1941;116(11):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820110148030

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Food habits are fundamental in the development of good diets. People differ according to race, religion and environment in the types of food that they prefer. More and more the part played by nutrition in health is becoming established and is becoming the intimate concern of governments and nations. This story of food from 1789 until our present times provides a mass of material and references from diaries, cook books and newspapers showing how our food interests and ideals have changed with the passing years. The work of the federal government in nutrition is emphasized; also the influences of war and wages. Now that we are confronted with another military emergency, more and more attention is likely to be given to nutrition. The science of nutrition is now more firmly established. The need for education in food has been increased by higher standards of living and more knowledge. A number

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