Hidden Hunger – Part 5

Ration Books







UK Wartime Rationing (1940-1954) prescribed:

Very little meat, fat, eggs or sugar

  • 2 ounces (50g) of butter per week
  • One egg per fortnight

The ‘National Loaf’ – wholegrain
Home-grown vegetables – ‘Dig For Victory’
An apple a day keeps the doctor away

  • Children were allocated milk, cod-liver oil and orange juice
  • Schoolchildren had a weekly dose of malt extract.

Presumably, a stressed population – with limited food choices – suffered nutritionally? Not so. Most people were better fed during wartime food rationing than before the war years

  • Infant mortality rates declined
  • The average age at which people died from natural causes increased.

People everywhere, malnourished or not, need a diet that is based on whole grains. It should be low in fat and sugar. It should contain all the vitamins and minerals that would ideally be sourced from fruit and vegetables in a form that is bio-available.

In the UK in 1940 they could not wait for the science.

  • They were at war
  • They had to act on the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) information that was available
  • In the process, they improved the health of all.

Today there is no time to waste.

  • We are at war
  • In Africa, the front line is dying of TB, Malaria, AIDS and Diabetes, while we sit in ivory towers arguing science.

It makes no sense at all to grow depleted food, then remove many of the essential nutrients (refining), then try to put them back as chemical isolates!

An enlightened government would:

  • Provide education on this dietary emergency
  • Focus on achieving nutrient repleteness by appropriate supplementation and/or food fortification (bio-available micronutrients in a food form)
  • Encourage the production of fresh food locally, at household and community level, including sprouting, worm composting, permaculture, tyre gardening, etc.

It would take control of the food supply chain:

  • Ban the refining of maize, wheat & rice for 3-5 years and invest in the capacity to store this food
  • In Africa, change much of the maize production capacity to sorghum and other grains and introduce these as a mix into maize meal products
  • Introduce a ban on deep ploughing, and rate foods by the quality of the topsoil and nutrient content of the food, with a farmer subsidy system to promote better ratings.

The time is now.

Dr Geoff Douglas
CEO – Health Empowerment Through Nutrition

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One response to “Hidden Hunger – Part 5

  1. Geoffrey. I like this post. It gives some solid bullets for governments and institutions to follow. It amazes me that organisations and governments who really should know better still talk about food rather than nutrition.

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