Discussion in modern dietetics and nutrition occasionally leaves the impression that proper feeding and the attainment of adequate nutrition are dependent on following a set and rigid food pattern. Thus we meet with rather wide acceptance of the idea that almost every day every one should pattern his food intake somewhat along the following lines: one serving of meat, one egg, a pint of milk, a certain quantity of grain products, two vegetables, one of which is a leafy green or yellow, and two fruits, one of which is citrus. We see large displays exhorting one in no uncertain terms to "eat these EVERY day," followed by a list of well selected foods known to be rich in nutritive value.
Such a plan for the general public is well conceived, for the nutritional significance of foods or food groups is not common knowledge. By following such a plan the lay
BERRYMAN GH, HOWE PE. SOME NUTRITIONAL PRINCIPLES OF MASS FEEDING. JAMA. 1943;122(4):212–216. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840210004002
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