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December 26, 1953

Plant Proteins in Child Feeding

JAMA. 1953;153(17):1595. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940340097031

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In many parts of the world it is difficult or impossible to obtain sufficient milk for the feeding of infants and children. Therefore, the development of foods that could be prepared from indigenous raw materials is of great practical value. During the years 1946 to 1949, Prof. R. A. McCance of the University of Cambridge headed a Medical Research Council team studying undernutrition in Germany. Dr. Dean, a member of this group, investigated the value of mixtures of plants as additions to children's diets. His findings are reported in this book, which is divided into two parts. The first reviews the problems in the use of plant proteins for human nutrition, and the second gives the actual data obtained in Dr. Dean's studies and his recommendations for future work.

The children, who were living in orphanages, varied in age from 6 months to 11 years and were fed basic diets

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