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October 1922

THE FOOD REQUIREMENTS OF CHILDREN: V. PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF CALORIES

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NEW YORK
From the laboratories of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and the Babies' Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1922;24(4):311-319. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.04120100044005
Abstract

In the preceding articles in this series we have discussed the total caloric need of the average healthy child and the amounts of the different food constituents—protein, fat and carbohydrate—which should make up the diet. The next point to be considered is the relation of these food constituents to each other and the relation of each to the diet as a whole; in other words, the percentage distribution of the total calories into those given as fat, as protein and as carbohydrate.

In order to determine the usual relation of the constituents of the diet, we have calculated the percentage distribution of the calories in the diets of the 106 healthy children from 1 to 18 years of age studied by us. The values thus obtained for the individual observations are shown in Chart 1. The proportion of the total calories taken as protein is shown at the bottom, that

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