College News and Departmental Notes: Nutrition
by Departmental notes - 1917
During three weeks in January the department of nutrition cooperated with the Life Extension Institute and the Police Commissioner of New York City in carrying on a demonstration of the character of an adequate diet for hard-working men at a minimum cost. Twelve men were detailed from the police training school to serve as subjects and a temporary dining room and kitchen were fitted up near police headquarters. Miss Marion Walker, under Professor Rose's supervision, acted as dietitian, and Miss McCormick took special charge of the calculations of the nutritive value of the meals as served. The food was bought at retail in the shops of the neighborhood, and the menus were simple in character, so that it might be within the power of the ordinary housekeeper to reproduce the policemen's fare at home. The general physical condition of the men was carefully tested from time to time, and as the men were in better condition at the end than at the beginning of the demonstration, the wholesomeness of the diet was evident. The fact that the men ate the food cheerfully and that most of them gained in weight in spite of the dietitian's artifices to keep their food consumption close to their estimated requirements, while the expenditure did not exceed 25 cents per 3500 calories (average requirement of a man at vigorous muscular work) furnished about as convincing proof as could be given in a popular way that an intelligently selected and properly cooked diet can be palatable and nourishing without being expensive.
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