Vitamins are kinds of substance that occur in certain foodstuffs
that are essential in small quantities for health and normal growth.
Here's a useful mnemonic
rhyme for memorising their properties:
- A FOOD CHEMIST'S BEDTIME STORY -
Keeps the cold germs away
And tends to make meek people nervy.
B's what you need
When you're going to seed
And C is specific in scurvy.
Makes the bones in your knee
Tough and hard for the service on Sunday,
While E makes hens scratch
And increases the hatch
And brings in more profits on Monday.
Vitamin F never bothers the chef
For the vitamin never existed,
G puts the fight
In the old appetite
And you eat all the foods that are listed.
So now when you dine, remember each line
If long on this globe you will tarry:
Just try to be good and pick out more food
From the orchard, the garden and dairy.