Food and Health

Sound nutrition is really a very simple and straightforward matter. There should be no more anxiety, and no more effort, in arranging a healthy diet that one that is destructive of health. There should be no question of being faddy, or fussy, or eccentric. In this country we are particularly fortunate in the ease with which we can nowadays, if we choose, obtain the healthiest possible diet.

The whole earth sends its contributions to our tables, and we produce on our own soil the finest and healthiest foods in the world.

It is, of course only to true that there is a section of the community that cannot afford to buy sufficient food to satisfy hunger, and this is a standing disgrace to our vaunted civilization. There is, alas! Another section, estimated at 40 percent of the population that can buy enough food to satisfy hunger, but cannot afford a diet which will ensure against malnutrition and disease. The greater proportion of the population, however, is able to afford a perfectly adequate diet, but fails to get it for want of knowledge of the best way to spend its money on foodstuffs.

The more well-to-do are less likely to suffer from bad feeding because of the variety of expensive foods they can purchase, but even then it is quite common to find cases of ill-health due to ignorance and carelessness in matters of diet.

In the poorer classes malnutrition has been found to be partly dependent on inefficiency and ignorance on the part of the housewife as well as inability to afford the right foods.

There are, of course, many other factors that cause malnutrition and prevent the growth and maintenance of healthy bodies, and with the healthy body the healthy and happy mind. Housing, recreation, clothing, habits of living, the control of infectious disease—all these play a part in determining the national health. But they are of minor significance compared to the importance of right feeding.

If a child is properly nourished it becomes largely independent of every other influence of its surrounding, whereas a badly-fed child may be sickly and ill-developed, even though its life in other respects is spent under the most ideal conditions. Better the well-fed child in a hovel than the ill-fed child in a palace. It is surely a matter of ordinary common sense.

DR. BEFFRAGE in New Health.