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IV. A Brief History of the Development of Nutrition

The pre-investigative days Failure to act on evidence:     Early scientific studies of nutrition Early scientific studies of nutrition: Lavoisier Early scientific studies of nutrition: The 19th Century Early scientific studies of nutrition: The discovery of vitamins     The 20th Century Quantitative requirements     Conclusion Conclusion: The oat bran story Conclusion: The vitamin E story Conclusion: Maximum reliability     Previous Page Next Page

The pre-investigative days

Try to imagine what it was like in the earliest days: everyone knew you had to eat to live, but what happened to the food? And what KINDS of food were necessary? Why? No one had any idea. For example, in the 18th century orphanages would feed pap, a mixture of cooked cereal and water, to infants. They expected it to be suitable because it was white and fluid, like milk. Why the babies invariably died was not understood, but inadequate nutrition was not suspected.

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