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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

Quantitative requirements

Interest in how much of each nutrient we need daily started in the 19th century, as mentioned.

It is unresolved even today for many nutrients.

In many cases requirements depend on dietary interactions or on way of life (e.g., degree of stress -- indeed, stressing an organism is currently a way of demonstrating a requirement for ultratrace elements).


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