The Shipwreck Diet

Studies conducted by the U.S. Army in the late 1940s sought to determine the minimum amount of food a person would need to survive if they were shipwrecked on a desert island.

One of the oddities the researchers discovered was that if, for some reason, the shipwrecked person had to choose between steak and water, they should choose the water: "Protein has the effect of drying up the body. Therefore eating a steak on a desert island with little or no water available would probably be worse than eating nothing, depending upon how long rescue took."

"Shipwreck Diet: One of eleven Army volunteers who for six weeks will live on biscuits and water at the Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, to determine a human survival ration."
Newsweek - Mar 15, 1948




Waterloo Courier - Nov 16, 1949

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 16, 2020
     Category: Food | Nutrition | Experiments | 1940s | Dieting and Weight Loss





Comments
Cigarettes? Obviously from a different era.
Posted by ges on 11/16/20 at 05:29 PM
Probably not those "TRIM" smokes from Saturday.
Posted by KDP on 11/16/20 at 06:00 PM
The comments about the steak was there to keep shipwrecked people from eating their companions.
Posted by Yudith on 11/17/20 at 05:48 AM
Another thing... given the time frame, it definitely isn't him, but the guy in the first photograph does look uncannily like Richard Feynman.
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/28/20 at 09:10 AM









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