Birth of the National Health Service | The early history of the NHS
Document Type | Memo
24 November 1947
In this memo Charles Hill's producer asks him if they should be encouraging listeners to increase their intake of vitamin C as a way of avoiding boils. Benzie alludes to the problem of getting people to eat fruit during rationing when many fruits were expensive and rationed, as was sugar to sweeten them.
Sugar rationing ran from 8th January 1940 to 1953. The amount of sugar you were allowed each week varied over the years but was usually around 8oz.
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