These are Verbatim Unabridged extracts
from the 74th Congress 2nd Session:
physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into
our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions
of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
"Do you know that most of us today are suffering
from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until
depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral
fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions
of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving
us - no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits
and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect
health because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them."
"The truth is
that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating
as food...Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals
we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise
proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
"This talk about
minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization of the importance
of minerals in food is so new that the text books on nutritional dietetics
contain very little about it. Nevertheless, it is something that concerns
all of us, and the further we delve into it the more startling it becomes."
wouldn't you, that a carrot is a carrot - that one is about as good as another
as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn't; one carrot may look and
taste like another and yet be lacking in the particular mineral element
which our system requires and which carrots are supposed to contain."
"Laboratory test prove that the fruits,
the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today
are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless explains why
our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would starve us!)"
"No man today can
eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the mineral salts
he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to hold
them! And we are turning into big stomachs."
"No longer does
a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many calories or
certain vitamins or fixed proportion of starches, proteins and carbohydrates.
We know that our diets must contain in addition something like a score of
"It is bad news
to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American people are
deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the
more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance,
any considerable lack or one or another element, however microscopic the body
requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives."
"We know that vitamins
are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and
that each of them is of importance for normal function of some special structure
in the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is
not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body's appropriation
of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform.
Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals,
vitamins are useless."
physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into
our systems than upon calories of vitamins or upon the precise proportions
of starch, protein of carbohydrates we consume."
is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem
of human health."
Senate Document No. 264, 1936.