Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Browse by Decade
Amazonian
Advertisements

Advertisements

Search
Advertisements

Amazon Fun

Navigation
« Power and Wealth (1984) | Main | Man Made Sea Legs (1949) »
Tuesday
Apr152008

Whole Meal in Pill (1923)


The August 17, 1923 Rock Valley Bee (Rock Valley, IA) ran a short piece titled, "Whole Meal in Pill Is Scientist's Dream." The entire piece appears below.

A good hearty meal, all in one pill that can be carried in a vest pocket, is the dream of scientists of today, according to Hugh S. Cummings, surgeon general of the public health service.

 

Some day dish washing and the dinner table will be gone and forgotten. The farthest scientists have progressed, according to Mr. Cummings, is to remove all the water from foods and condense them some 70 per cent.


See also:
Just Imagine (1930)
That Synthetic Food of the Future (Ogden Standard-Examiner, 1926)
Closer Than We Think! Fat Plants and Meat Beets (1958)
Closer Than We Think! Hydrofungal Farming (1962)
Food of the Future (Indiana Progress, 1896)

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (142)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: advanced garcinia
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: advanced garcinia
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Lipo Slim Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Celluria
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Zen Body
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Bio DIamond Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: XT Genix Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: T-Rex Muscle
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Lean Fast Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: lift radiance
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: procellis Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: lift radiance
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: lift radiance
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Aloe Ferox Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: GCB Ultra Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Goji Vita Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Prima Cleanse
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Procellix Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: jacksonville seo
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Renuvacell Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Bellavei
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Hydradiance Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: avast
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Group Deal Tools
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Garcinium Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Hydroderm Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Hydroderm Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: homepage
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: trigger connector
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: AHS Skin Care
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: AHS Skin Care
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Ceuticell Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: skype
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: No2 Blast Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: juvesiio Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Testocore Advanced
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Ht Rush Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Superior Muscle X
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Superior Muscle X
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Renuvacell Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: rage dna Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: elite test 360
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: elite test 360
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: idrotherapy Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: web site
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Rev Test Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Skin Logic
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Alleure Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Mito Slim Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: sexy tumblr girls
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Darian Braun
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Luma Repair
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Luma Repair
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Cambogia xt Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: AgeRenew Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Velour Skin Review
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Vitafirm Reviews
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Cambogia ultra
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: Prima Cleanse
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Response: renuvaderm
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)
  • Response
    Paleofuture - Paleofuture Blog - Whole Meal in Pill (1923)

Reader Comments (13)

Does anyone know why people in the past were so obsessed with this idea? Did they not enjoy eating? Or did they just think it would be "cool"...?

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzdubs

Also its physically impossible to pack all the calories you would need into 1 pill.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You'd probably need a choke down a pill that'd weigh about a pound. Could that fit in a vest pocket? Would a giant suppository be a better option?

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I've got to say, I consider a good meal to be one of the finer things in life, a simple and incomparable pleasure. To be sure, there are times when a quick pill might be convenient - long hikes to remote areas, space travel, emergency food aid - but I can't imagine the masses actually wanting to replace normal eating with pills.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Indeed, based on the current U.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_Daily_Intake" REL="nofollow">Dietary Reference Intake, a male age 19-30 needs 130 g of carbohydrates, 56 g protein, 38 g fiber, around 18 g of various vitamins and minerals, and about 65 g of fat, for a total of roughly 307 g (0.68 lbs) of "food pills" every day. If the pills had a density of, say, 1.5 g/cm^3 (the same as sucrose), thats about 205 cm^3 (12.5 cubic inches) of pills each day. Nutritionists in 1923 must have had huge vest pockets. You'd think that even back then they'd have had a better idea of how much a person eats in a day.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron T.

DARPA has reportedly funded development of a http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=44529" REL="nofollow">transdermal nutrient patch for soldiers too busy in battle to eat. That would have sounded science fictional back in the era of food pills.

April 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

"Ah dunno boys, gib me de good ole days!"

(Hope someone gets the reference)

April 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

"Vaht? More pills?" "In my day, a meal vas a meal!"

April 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron T.

They didn't forsee that the pill would come wrapped in foil and that we'd call it a "sports bar."

April 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRichM

With a pill, you'd still starve! Sounds a lot like a multi-vitamin, and no one makes a meal out of those.
Reminds me of an episode of Garfield where he has a nightmare about a future with pill food.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaz

Sadly, he didn't foresee Saturday Night Fever killing off the vest, which is only now making steps towards convalescence.

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Shore

McDonald's would love this kind of crap.

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAliasUndercover

On some other post on this site in regard to food pills, cooking and cleaning up after meals in the early 20th century was time consuming and sometimes drudgery. These pills were seen as a move toward modernism and giving people more leisure.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>