Table 2

An example of a typical food allowance per week for an adult during the second world war27 compared with the average in 200128

FoodSecond world war2001
AmountEnergy (kcal)AmountEnergy (kcal)
Amounts in kcal are average estimates.
Meat1s (5p) worth£4.45 (1.009 kg)2018
Cheese1oz (28 g)280120 g1200
Sugar8oz (227 g)908579 g (includes soft drinks)2316
Fats (butter/cooking fats)9oz (425 g)3825206 g1854
Chocolate and sweets4oz (113 g)1130179 g1790
Eggs1 egg for each ration book1471.61 eggs235 (when available)