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Better Nutrition in the 1950s, Part 2

2018 marks Better Nutrition’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as we highlight popular diet and food trends by decade. In the spotlight this month: Wheat Germ.
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2018 marks Better Nutrition’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as we highlight popular diet and food trends by decade. In the spotlight this month: Wheat Germ.
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Wheat may be persona non grata these days, but wheat germ—an inner portion of wheat kernels—was considered a health food for years. It was especially popular in the 1950s, when it was used in all types of recipes.

Despite the recent wheat backlash (experts have linked it to everything from Alzheimer’s to obesity), wheat germ has a lot going for it, and it’s still a popular staple at health food stores. Nutrition- wise, wheat germ is an exceptional source of vitamin E. It’s also rich in folic acid, thiamin, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium, and fiber. As a bonus, wheat germ is a vegetarian protein source. 

5 Dishes that were popular in the ’50s

5 Dishes that were popular in the ’50s.
  1. Baked Alaska 
  2. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  3. Chicken a la King
  4. Green Bean Casserole
  5. Deviled Eggs

Wheat Germ for Breakfast!

This light and nutty topping played a starring role in Better Nutrition’s “Menus of the Week” throughout the 1950s. Here are a few examples of breakfasts from those issues that incorporated wheat germ:

This light and nutty topping played a starring role in Better Nutrition’s “Menus of the Week” throughout the 1950s. Here are a few examples of breakfasts from those issues that incorporated wheat germ:

  • Soaked prunes with wheat germ and cream; scrambled eggs; coffee
  • Dried cereal with wheat germ, figs, and dates; mixed vegetable juice cocktail; coffee
  • Bananas with wheat germ and cream; coddled eggs;coffee with milk
  • Sliced peaches with wheat germ and milk; pancakes and honey; coffee with milk
  • Berries with wheat germ and cream; corn muffins with cream cheese; coffee with milk

The Story of Better Nutrition was founded by Jack Schwartz in 1938

Schwartz returned from the military with a business idea—start a magazine about nutrition. He loved helping friends and family find natural solutions to health problems, and he figured others would be interested in this too. He saw an opportunity to fill a niche and, at the same time, satisfy his passion for health and nutrition. And just like that, Better Nutrition magazine was born.

Fall back in time with us this year as we revisit popular trends in nutrition, vitamins, recipes, and more with this limited-edition section. 

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