Day 70 ♥
I have been reading the detailed account of the addition of Orange juice to the diets of 341 children, from 1930– 1931, in Mooseheart, Illinois, 'City of Children' village.The account is written by Dr. Milton T. Hanke and it makes for pretty interesting reading.
There are very detailed accounts of the children's diets before the Orange juice was added, and the diet was kept the same during the tests, with the only exception being the addition of 16 oz (in two lots of 8oz) of fresh raw squeezed Orange juice daily, with the addition of a half a lemon (for taste) to each 8oz Orange juice serving.
The diets, to me, seemed woefully lacking in fruit. The average fruit consumption being less than half a pound of fruit per day.
So I would imagine that the children would have been getting less than optimal vitamin C.
This is despite the daily calories seeming quite adequate, with an average of 2, 545 calories for the girls, and 3,064 for the boys. The age range of the children was ten to seventeen.
Interestingly, after the test period, the Orange juice was reduced to just 3oz daily, and the benefits that the children enjoyed from the two 8oz daily drinks of Orange juice was greatly diminished.
So, the major recorded benefits to the children were 57% less cavities and 83% less gum disease. And in addition the children's growth rates increased by 75%.
A control group who had the same diet, but did not receive the Orange juice, had no decrease in cavities and gum disease, and no improved growth rate.
It is sad to think that the average diet of many of today's children contains even less fresh fruit than the Mooseheart children, and it just goes to show that even without taking any of the processed foods out of their diet, children on a SAD diet could hugely benefit from two big glasses of fresh Orange juice daily.
Taking into account my previous post (on Day 59) on the benefits to children and prison inmates of fresh fruit and Orange juice, it is clear that the addition of fresh raw fruit is so very important to the mental and physical well-being of our Western Society.
Even without reducing the cooked and processed foods, fresh fruit would make such a valuable addition to our children's dietary. And then imagine if the amount of processed foods were reduced what the amazing effects could be.
So looking at the United States in the 2000 cencus, there were 76.6 million children enrolled in schools.I estimate (based on the costs of my Biodynamic Oranges) that this would cost around $2.50 per day for 2, 8oz glasses of Biodynamic Orange juice.
So, for all the school children to have free fresh Biodynamic Orange juice it would cost $191.5 million dollars per day.
Seeing as the US spends $1948 million on defence each day, the cost of $191.5 million per day on Biodynamic Oranges seems a small price to pay to defend what is vitally important— our children's health.
And as a beautiful bonus there would be thousands of lovely groves of chemical free Oranges. So more tree cover, more oxygen and a better soil structure, as well as the possibility for many to work in a chemical free environment surrounded by fruit trees ♥
Fruity Fare ♥
Morning —500mls/16.9oz Organic Valencias, using Amco Hand Squeezer.
Mid-morning—10 Organic Valencias, juiced using a spoon to squeeze out the juice
Afternoon—10 Organic Valencias, juiced using a spoon.
Fruitful Exercise ♥
40 minute workout
30 minutes fast walking.
Have Beauty Days ♥
Love and Peaches XX.