These are Verbatim Unabridged extracts from the 74th Congress
"Our 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
"The alarming 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."
"You'd think, 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
"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 minerals salts."
"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
"Certainly our 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."
"This discovery is one of the latest
and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health."
Senate Document No. 264, 1936.
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