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The Adequacy of Human Dietaries

Nature volume 130, page 425 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



HOW far the food ordinarily consumed by different individuals provides an adequate amount of the different dietary essentials, and to what extent an improvement in the diet might lead to a general improvement in health and wellbeing and a decrease in the incidence of disease, are important questions. The answers depend in the first place upon a knowledge of all the factors which go to make up a complete diet and of the quantity and quality of the food actually consumed. The essentials of a diet are now well established, but our knowledge of the adequacy of common diets is still very incomplete. The investigations of Cathcart and Murray on the diets of a number of families in St. Andrews have already been described (NATURE, 127, 897, June 13,1931): the same authors have now published the results of an investigation into the diets of 56 families in Cardiff and 57 families in Reading.*

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