The Coal Foods

Categories: THE COAL FOODS
Sources: A Handbook Of Health

Kinds of Coal Foods. There are many different kinds of Coal foods,

such as pork, mutton, beef, bread, corn-cakes, bacon, potatoes, rice,

sugar, cheese, butter, and so on. But when you come to look at them more

closely, and to take them to pieces, or, as we say, analyze them, you

will see that they all fall into three different kinds or classes: (1)

Proteins, such as meat, milk, fish, eggs, cheese, etc. (2)

Starch-sugars (carbohydrates), found pure as laundry starch and as

white sugar; also found, as starch, making up the bulk of wheat and

other grains, and of potatoes, rice, peas; also found, as sugar, in

honey, beet-roots, sugar cane, and the sap of maple trees. (3) Fats,

found in fat meats, butter, oil, nuts, beeswax, etc.

This whole class of Coal foods can be recognized by the fact that

usually some one of them will form the staple, or main dish, of almost

any regular meal, which is generally a combination of all three

classes--a protein in the shape of meat; a starch-sugar in the form of

bread, potatoes, or rice; and a fat in the form of butter in northern

climates, or of olive oil in the tropics.