Accession Number : AD0472921

Title :   NUTRITIVE VALUE OF ARMY RATIONS.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. no. 5, 1 Sep-31 Oct 47,

Corporate Author : WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON DEPT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

Personal Author(s) : Elvehjem, C. A.

Report Date : 31 OCT 1947

Pagination or Media Count : 2

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. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY RATIONS, NUTRITION), (*NUTRITION, MILITARY RATIONS), RATS, MONKEYS, BODY WEIGHT, VITAMINS, HEMOGLOBIN, GROWTH(PHYSIOLOGY), CASEIN, FOLIC ACID, BIOCHEMISTRY.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE