National Geographic : 1953 Jul
From the Illustrated Junior Library Edition of "Alice in Wonderland" ^jrirn j, In "Alice in Wonderland," Alice and the Dormouse were talking. and they lived at the bottom of a well-. " "What did they live on?" said Alice. "Once upon a time there were three little "They lived on treacle," said the Dormouse sisters," the Dormouse began in a great hurry, "They couldn't have done that, you know,' "and their names were Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie; Alice remarked gently, "they'd have been ill.' Aice had the right idea about nutrition ALICE KNEW that no one could live on treacle (molasses) alone, or any other single food. In deed, she had the right idea about good nutrition. Even today, unfounded claims are made about the "magic powers" of particular foods. Such claims should be disregarded. Authorities have proved that good health depends largely on eating a wide variety of properly chosen and properly prepared foods. These include meat, eggs, milk, fruits, vege tables, enriched and whole-grain bread and cereals. How much and what kinds of foods you should eat to maintain health and desirable weight depends on your age, your physical condition and the kind of work you do. An older person, for example, who is not physically active needs less of the foods that produce energy. He should have generous amounts of the foods that furnish protein, vitamins, and min erals essential to the upkeep and repair of the body. Your meals, if well-balanced, will supply these and other necessary elements in the proper amounts. Protein, for example, is needed to build and repair the tissues of the body. The vitamins and minerals are necessary because they affect or take part in many chemical processes in the body. Proteins, --uneMtooi 'f vitamins and minerals are found in many foods. Good nutrition depends upon eating a variety of such foods. There is more to good eating habits, however, than simply what you eat. So, to help you get the full benefit from your food, here are some sugges tions that you may follow: Have your meals at regular hours. Eat slowly and in a relaxed atmosphere. Avoid strenuous exercise just before and imme diately after eating. See the doctor if you have frequent digestive upsets. Have dental defects repaired promptly. Follow your doctor's suggestions about reducing diets. The immediate function of your food is to pro vide your body with the energy you need for daily activities. Metropolitan's free booklet, "Food for the Family," discusses the essential nutritive ele ments, tells why you need them and what foods sup ply them. By following sensible rules about diet you may have longer life and greater ability to enjoy it. Please mail me a free copy . ,,': of your booklet, 753N, "Food ' "" for the Family." ii. ',: Name Street__ " City State . " "