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British Medical Association emphasises the importance of the consumption of protective foods. The British Medical Association's standards (1933) were formulated to maintain health and working capacity during the depression.

Hazel Steibling of the USDA proposes a set of standards to ensure that diets used in the feeding programmes during the depression era would be nutritionally adequate and includes standards for vitamin A and C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Stiebling, H.K. (1933) Food budgets for nutrition and production programs. USDA Micellaneous Publication no. 183. Washington D.C.

H.K. Stiebeling – Buying guide

Number of food groups Protein-rich foodsMilk/meat breads Vegetables/fruit Other (incl fats)
12 Milk- 2 cupsLean meat/poultry/fish -9-10/weekDry mature beans,peas, nuts -1/weekEggs -1 Flours, cereals-As desired Leafy green/yellow -11-12/weekPotatoes, sweet potatoes -1Other veg/fruit- 3 Tomatoes and citrus -1 Butter -naOther fats -naSugars -na

Source: USDA, Human Nutrition Information Service, 1993
[cited in G:Davis, C. & Saltos, E. (1999) Dietary Recommendations and How They Have Changed Over Time. In America's Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences, Frazao, E. (ed) Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 750.]