home economics department, health, nutrition, desserts
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
“What shall I have for dessert” is an ever present question to the busy house-wife. Desserts that are easy to make, attractive and wholesome, are always acceptable. Fresh fruits or canned fruits make the simplest desserts. The housewife who has a good supply of other of these can always fool that she has something fine for dessert at a moments notice. Then too the fruits are needed in the diet because they furnish minerals and vitamins which are needed by the body. The woody substance which they contain is indigestible but it is needed to give bulk to the waste as it passes down the alimentary canal and so aids in preventing constipation. In order to keep in health the body fluids must be neutral. The fruits are base farming. The protein food, which make up altogether too much of the American diet, are acid forming, therefore the fruits are needed to help to maintain the desired neutrality. Fruits are excellent serv3ed at the end of the heavy meal because they do not over tax the digestive system.
Wilder, Susan Z., "Desserts To Your Taste" (1924). SDSU Extension Circulars. 160.