News | Published:

Practical Aspects of Human Nutrition

Nature volume 140, page 615 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

THE text of a lecture entitled "The Place of Vegetables and Fruit in the Well-balanced Diet", which was delivered before the Royal Horticultural Society by Dr. G. E. Friend, is printed in the Society's Journal of July (62, 7, 286–295). A review of modern conceptions of the nutritional needs of the human body dealt principally with the quality of diet, rather than with quantity. Dr. Friend has charge of the health of the boys at Christ's Hospital ; perhaps the members of this and similar closed communities may be regarded as adequate critics of palatability and other human aspects of diet. The nutritional value of fresh fruit and vegetables varies considerably, and but little is known about factors affecting variation. Emphasis is placed upon the necessity for co-ordinating human and plant nutrition. The best way of ensuring qualitative adequacy of protective vegetable foods is to begin with their cultivation. Soil conditions must be suitable for the production of sufficient amounts of vitamins and the minor essential elements necessary for human nutrition. Such high-grade vegetables naturally cost more to grow, and one of the problems of the future will be to convince those who hold the economic control of diet of the value of such improved produce.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/140615a0

Authors

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

    Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing