I have this vintage cookbook for nutrition and recipes during wartime. I found the nutrition section rather interesting and thought it would be neat to share with my readers:
MILK: 1 quart aily for each child, 1 pint for each adult
VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: 41/2 to 5 or more servings per person daily, 1 serving daily of potatoes, 1 serving daily of tomatoes or citrus fruits, 1 serving daily of leavy green or yellow vegetables, 3 to 5 servings per week of other vegetables, 1 serving daily of fruit
EGGS: 2 to 3 a wek for adults, 4 to 5 for young children, a few for cookings
MEAT, FISH OR POULTRY: About 5 times a week or daily if prepared in combination with cereals or vegetables
CEREALS: Daily, preferably at least half made from whole grains
BREAD AND BUTTER OR ALTERNATIVE: At every meal
Man, moderately active 3000 cal.
Woman, moderately active 2500 cal.
Child 1-6 years 1200-1600
6 to 12 years 1600-2500
Girl 12-15 years 2800
Girl 15-20 years 2400
Boy 12-15 years 3200
Boy 15-20 years 3800
I think today, they recommend an adult woman take in fewer than 2000 calories a day. I've heard some say 1500-1800. Yet, in the 1940's there was very little obesity despite that higher calorite tally.