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#war is tragic for almost everything but wartime rationing may have been healthiest #diet

  • Click on the different foods to discover more about rationing in World War Two and its nutritional benefits.
  • During rationing, men and women had the same quantities of food.
  • Everyone needed a ration book in addition to money to buy weekly goods.
  • Some manual labourers, such as miners and Land Girls, received extra rations.
  • Although amounts of each foodstuff fluctuated over the war, this is what an adult’s typical ration might have been in January 1945.

Find out what kind of foods were rationed during World War Two and whether or not they could make you healthier.

@JeremyHowick: #war is tragic for almost everything but wartime rationing may have been healthiest #diet

We often think of rationing as a ‘starvation diet’ but the daily calorific value was around 3000 calories. This is up to 1000 more than we are recommended today – so was it still good for us?

During rationing, men and women had the same quantities of food. Everyone needed a ration book in addition to money to buy weekly goods. Supplements including milk, concentrated orange juice and cod liver oil were given to pregnant women, children and the elderly. Some manual labourers, such as miners and Land Girls, received extra rations. Although amounts of each foodstuff fluctuated over the war, this is what an adult’s typical ration might have been in January 1945.

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