Accession Number:

AD0472921

Title:

NUTRITIVE VALUE OF ARMY RATIONS

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Sep 1947,31 Oct 1947

Corporate Author:

WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON MADISON United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1947-10-31

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Studies have been conducted on monkeys fed K rations to determine the effect when individual supplements of eight of the ten crystalline B vitamins are administered. It has been noted that each of the following vitamins produced a weight response when fed to monkeys losing weight on the K ration thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, choline, folic acid and biotin. All but folic acid were inactive in eliciting this growth response unless pyriodoxine was present as a supplement to the diet. Only folic acid and pyriodoxine had an effect on the hemoglobin concentration, in addition to growth stimulation. From these results, it appears that K ration does not contain sufficient pyridoxine and folic acid for the growing monkey. In one case, the removal of all supplementary vitamins from a monkey on K ration caused death within two weeks.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE