National Geographic : 1942 Jul
FRUITS-Every part of the body needs vitamin C. Oranges, grapefruit and tomatoes -fresh or canned-are rich in this vitamin. Nutritious menus may include one or more of these, or their juices, every day. Tomatoes may be added to soups, stews and gravies. Serve one other fruit daily-fresh fruits in season, canned fruits or cooked dried fruits. Canned and quick-frozen fruits retain their vitamins. VEGETABLES-Plan your menus to in clude one or more servings daily of potatoes and two servings of other vegetables-a leafy, green one frequently. It is suggested that some vegetables be served raw. Chefs advise cook ing all vegetables in small amounts of water, in covered vessels, and only until tender. Use the juices, too. Canned and quick-frozen veg etables retain their vitamins. MILK-The best source of calcium is milk. Calcium is the mineral most used by nature in building our bodies. Use milk, fresh, evapo rated, dried, or in the form of cheese and ice cream. Five ounces of American cheese equal a quart of milk. Adults require the equivalent of a pint of milk daily, children a quart. Count the milk used in cooking, too. How to serve better meals-and help Uncle Sam ONE OF the most effective ways to co operate with the wartime nutrition program is to increase your use of fruits, vegetables, milk and its products. Governmental and private health agen cies have two good reasons for wanting every family to eat more of these foods in addition to the meats, breads, cereals and other ele ments which should continue to be a sub stantial part of a good American diet. First, your health. Fruits, vegetables and milk contain an abundance of the elements which help to protect us from disease, and also to attain that robust good health which enables us to do our work more effectively. Second, our war effort. Responsible officials tell us that using more fresh fruits, vegeta bles and milk, especially those produced lo cally, will release shipping facilities. It will also help provide larger reserves of easily transported foods such as meats and various dehydrated foods, for shipment to our armed forces and to our allies. Even though you think that your family is already well fed, make sure that they are eating enough fruits, vegetables and milk, along with the other essential foods. There are some suggestions on this page for getting more of them into your family's diet. Metro politan will send you a free booklet, 72-N, "Three Meals a Day." It contains much in formation about planning nutritious meals. COPYRIGHT 1942-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) .1 Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.