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The nutritional significance of root and tuber crop development as staples in the Caribbean community.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  543769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The competition between cereals and root crops as CARICOM staples is described. The move to substitute locally grown food for imported wheat is shown to favor root crop development in the region. Against this background, traditional nutrition-prompted objections to wheat substitution by root crops are examined. Evidence is cited to show the essential adequacy of protein in root crops, except plantain and cassava and for all humans except perhaps some infants. The low protein in cassava and plantain, it is proposed, can be easily overcome in the process of local root crop development. Finally, it is argued that there exists the potential to obtain cheap calories from root crops. This and the generation of economic activity among small farmers, concomitant with root crop development, are seen as possible indicators of good nutrition for the region in the future.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archivos latinoamericanos de nutrición     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0004-0622     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Latinoam Nutr     Publication Date:  1979 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-06-16     Completed Date:  1980-06-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0067507     Medline TA:  Arch Latinoam Nutr     Country:  VENEZUELA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dietary Proteins / standards
Energy Intake*
Flour / supply & distribution
Food Supply / economics*
Nutritive Value
Oryza sativa / supply & distribution
Triticum / supply & distribution
West Indies
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Proteins

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