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December 10, 1898

THE BROWN-BREAD DELUSION.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1426-1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450240042008

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Abstract

One after another the instincts of primitive humanity are getting an unexpected endorsement from modern science. Children always had the indecency to cry for sugar and to appropriate fruit wherever found, in spite of generations of alleged "hygienic" rebuke, which was really based on the good old Puritanic principle that because they were nice there must be harm in them somewhere. Now, distinguished pediatrists assure us that next to proteids, they are the most important elements in the diet of budding humanity.

For centuries past the great dietetic struggle of the laboring man, master or workman, has been to get white bread for his daily diet. In all the old manuscripts we find the "fayre white lofe" alluded to as the choice delicacy. All the time his self-styled "betters," whether social or scientific, have united in assuring him that his daily brown or black loaf, whether of rye, oats, barley,

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