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League of Nations Technical Commission on Nutrition publishes recommendations for calcium and iron in addition to energy and protein. No exact figures are proposed for vitamin intake but suggested sources are meat, milk, leafy vegetables, fruits eggs, organ meats and fish.

The BMA and the government, based on the research in the 1920s and 1930s by Sir John Boyd Orr and others, recommend that the British people should drink eighty percent more milk, eat fifty-five percent more eggs, forty percent more butter and thirty percent more meat. The Government introduced free school milk and later we 'went to work on an egg'

Seventh-Day Adventists reject alcohol and keep the dietary prohibitions identified for Jews in the unclean food lists of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The faithful are called upon to reject specific foods:

"Those who indulge in meat eating, tea drinking, and gluttony are sowing seeds for a harvest of pain and death….A diet of flesh meat tends to develop animalism…Flesh meats will deprecate the blood. Cook meat with spices, and eat it with rich cakes and pies, and you have a bad quality of blood…Tea is poisonous to the system. Christians should let it alone. The influence of coffee is in a degree the same as tea, but the effect upon the system is still worse…Never take tea, coffee, beer, wine, or any spirituous liquors" (Councils on Diet and Foods 1938 ).

So-called "hot" spices and condiments, specifically chili pepper and black pepper and aged cheeses (Limburger and Roquefort) are also discouraged by Seventh Day Adventists.

Grivetti, L.E. (2000) Food prejudices and Taboos. Cambridge World History of Food. Cambridge University Press.