NUTRITIVE VALUE OF ARMY RATIONS
Technical Report,01 Sep 1947,31 Oct 1947
WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON MADISON United States
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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.
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