Food and Appetite

Dr. Thurman B. Rice says, in the monthly bulletin of the Indiana division of public health, that “the fact that a food is good is the best evidence that it is good for you.” He adds that “the best health rule that I know is the one that advises us to forget at least nine-tenths of the other health rules and just live naturally.”

From time to time Dr. Rice has discussed spinach in public talks and magazine articles. He does not quarrel with anybody who likes spinach and admits it is a valuable food, but he aligns himself on the side of the defense when it comes to a child who does not care for spinach.

As to apple or any kind of pie, he says “there is no reason under heaven for supposing that a piece of good pie at the end of a meal is not good food. Of course we wouldn’t want to make an entire meal of it, but neither would we of bread and butter—or spinach.” Dr. Rice says nature has been on the job a long time, has developed various senses by which the desirability of food may be tested, and “has given us an appetite which—unless it is abused—is probably the best guide we have.”—Indianapolis News.