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A Course in Nutrition, circa World War II

Published: March 23, 2018

Build-your-own World War II menu with nutrition basics from 1941.

U.S. Needs Us Strong

-Originally published in The Saturday Evening Post, June 1941-

As our part in helping to make America strong, The Saturday Evening Post presents a simple, basic course in nutrition, based on the findings of our Government’s National Nutrition Committee.

Here’s How to Grow Strong, America … Eat These Foods Every Day

Eat Milk and Eggs

  • Every child needs a quart of milk a day.
  • Every adult needs a pint of milk a day.
  • Everyone needs 3 to 4 eggs a week.

Eat Fruits & Vegetables

  • Eat 2 or more fruits every day (1 citrus).
  • Eat 2 or more vegetables every day (1 green or yellow).

Eat Meat, Poultry, or Fish

  • Eat at least 1 serving of meat poultry or fish every day.
  • Build your meals around the main course — meat or poultry — fresh, canned, or frozen.
  • Serve fresh, canned, or frozen seafoods once or twice a week, for variety and economy.

Eat Bread & Cereals

  • You need whole-grain products (natural whole grain or those restored to whole grain nutritive value) and enriched bread and flour every day. Then eat other foods you also like.

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