Extracts from the 74th Congress 2nd Session:
physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we
take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise
proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
"Do you know that most of us today
are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot
be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought
into proper mineral balance?"
alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now
being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain
enough of certain minerals are starving us - no matter how much
of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables
to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health
because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them."
truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them
aren't worth eating as food...Our physical well-being is more directly
dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories
or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or
carbohydrates we consume."
talk about minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization
of the importance of minerals in food is so new that the text books
on nutritional dietetics contain very little about it. Nevertheless,
it is something that concerns all of us, and the further we delve
into it the more startling it becomes."
think, wouldn't you, that a carrot is a carrot - that one is about
as good as another as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn't;
one carrot may look and taste like another and yet be lacking in
the particular mineral element which our system requires and which
carrots are supposed to contain."
"Laboratory test prove that the fruits,
the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats
of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless
explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would
"No man today
can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the
mineral salts he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't
big enough to hold them! And we are turning into big stomachs."
does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many
calories or certain vitamins or fixed proportion of starches, proteins
and carbohydrates. We know that our diets must contain in addition something
like a score of minerals salts."
"It is bad
news to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American
people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency
in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.
Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack or one or another element,
however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer,
shorten our lives."
that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable
to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for normal function
of some special structure in the body. Disorder and disease result from
any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins
control the body's appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of
minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system
can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless."
our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals
we take into our systems than upon calories of vitamins or upon the
precise proportions of starch, protein of carbohydrates we consume."
is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to
the problem of human health."
Senate Document No. 264, 1936.
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