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Vitamin C in the Diet of Inuit Hunters from Holman, Northwest Territories

Joseph R. Geraci and Thomas G. Smith
Arctic
Vol. 32, No. 2 (Jun., 1979), pp. 135-139
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40508955
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Vitamin C in the Diet of Inuit Hunters from Holman, Northwest Territories
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Abstract

During the spring and summer months the diet of three Inuit families living in a seal hunting camp south of Holman, N. W. T., was studied. A total of 13 food items including the most commonly eaten mammal, bird and plant species were analysed for Vitamin C in both the raw and cooked state. We document a daily intake of ascorbic acid of between 11 and 118 mg and estimate a mean does of at least 30 mg. This is well above the levels documented in larger transitional culture villages by a recent Nutrition Canada report /// On a étudié pendant le printemps et l'été, le régime de trois familles Esquimaux qui vivaient dans un camps de chasse au phoque, au sud d'Holman, N. W. T. Au total, 13 types de nourriture, comprenant les mammifères, le plus souvent mangés, des espèces d'oiseaux et de plantes, étaient analysés pour la recherche de vitamine C, soit à l'état crû, soit à l'état cuit. Le résultat est une prise journalière d'acide scorbique de 11 à 118 mg, en moyenne de 30 mgs. Ceci est bien au dessus de ce qui a été constaté dans le villages de culture de transition (rapport Canadien sur la nutrition.)

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