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JAMA Revisited
November 19, 2019

The Surprising Caloric Value of Dainties Eaten Between Meals

JAMA. 2019;322(19):1928. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15605

Originally Published November 22, 1919 | JAMA. 1919;73(21):1616.

Now that the war is over, many of the restrictions imposed by governmental mandate, the exigencies of commerce, or a patriotic conscience need no longer apply to the behavior of our population. “Sugar and spice and everything nice” may once again be included in the diet of American homes. We may at length return to the consumption of those dietary luxuries that have attained great popularity in the United States. Candy is no longer tabued [sic], nor is purchase restricted by a food administration. Strangely enough, the enforcement of prohibition has apparently increased the use of candy, as it has augmented the consumption of the sugar-containing temperance beverages. The calorific potency of alcohol is likely to be replaced by the fuel value of “sweets” eaten here and there between meals.