Bananas are the Only Thing Preventing Us From a Future of Bog-Legged, Pigeon-Greasted, Hump-Backed, Square-Headed, Pot-Bellied, Hammer-Down, Pale, Flabby Bimbo Kids

From the Appleton Post Crescent, Nov. 13, 1929

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How to Feed Banana to a Baby

HOW TO FEED BANANA TO A BABY
Ripe banana is not only highly nutritious (460 calories in the pound, compared with apple which has 290 calories and orange which has 240 calories in the pound), but is in itself a fairly well balanced meal providing 1.3 per cent protein, 0.6 per cent fat, 22 per cent carbohydrate, 75 per cent water, 0.8 per cent minerals salts, satisfactory quantities of vitamins A. B. C. even a bit of vitamin E, tho not enough vitamin D (which, prevents rickets) to meet the requirements of human nutrition. In  vitamin C. (which  scurvy) banana will serve very well instead of orange or tomato or may be used in the baby’s diet for this purpose as a variation from orange juice or tomato juice. I’d gladly stretch a few points and hazard my hard  earned reputation for being poor but honest  to assure  earnest young mothers that banana might be used in in lieu of cod  liver oil to  provide an adequate ration of vitamin D in the baby’s diet, if it were so. But, alas, the fates are against us; it does seem that we had just about administered the coup de grace to the old castor oil complex and were ready for three rousing   chortles  from  all  the sad young ones, when along came this big push  for vitamin D. which makes it incumbent on all good doctors or health authorities to promulgate the slogan “The Healthy Way–Once Every Day Cod Liver Oil for the Baby.” Believe me, I’d never flavor this banana party with cod liver oil if I dared omit it. But when I think of babies raised without any cod liver oil I have dreadful visions of thousands of little bog  legged,  pigeon greasted, hump backed, square headed, pot  bellied,  hammer  down, pale, flabby  bimbos who got that way because their parents failed to feed ’em enough vitamin D. or didn’t even  let  the  poor little tikes have any free sunbaths when sunlight was to be had without cost.

Several months ago I told here about the  remarkable advantages Dr. Lude Meysenbug of New Orleans has found in banana diet for babies from  4 months to 2 years of age. Not exclusive banana diet. but just a reasonable amount of well ripened banana every day in addition, to the regular milk diet. It starts some puny infants gaining steadily in weight; it completely cures some who I have been suffering from undernutrition with marked constipation as one of its manifestations.

Here it seems worth while to tell all the dumb young mothers — particularly college graduates and others who have been superficially educated  —  supereiliously might be a better word for it — that underfeeding, insufficient food, is the usual cause of constipation in infants and resort to physics, enemas, and other artificial aids, whether approved by doctors or not, is only a contributing factor. But shucks. When these dumb young  mothers are armed with some antique guidebook such as Holt’s they’re  worse   than the most ?olic patrons of the almanac and the testimonial game, they’re  more than merely dumb – they’re wiseacres.

Bananas for a  baby must be thoroly ripe: no green in the skin, pulp soft  and  yellow but not brown or mushy; it should  be run  through a sieve;  a  teaspoonful  is   enough  to give  the baby the first day. Then week by  week increase the daily ration another spoonful til the bab takes 8 or 20 spoonfuls. After that the baby will tell you just how much he wants.



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