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THE OAT AS HUMAN FOOD

JAMA. 1919;73(15):1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610410040014.
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The sentiment once expressed in the English dictum that oats are food for horses in England and for men in Scotland has persisted in many quarters until the present day. The necessities of war time, coupled with the strongly supported exhortations of the U. S. Food Administration, induced thousands of persons to accept the common cereal grains as of similar values, so far as their nutrient virtues are concerned. But peace time is at hand once more, and the barriers built by the national needs of 1917-1918 are being let down. Old time preferences and prejudices are likely to return to their previous prominence, except so far as the newer lessons have produced a satisfaction with the enforced changes.

Wheat is already rapidly regaining its pristine favor. What will happen to the temporary enhanced popularity of the other cereals remains to be ascertained. In the choice between corn, rice and

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