Bacon and Ham

Sugar

Loose Tea

Meat

Cheese

Preserves

Butter

Margarine

Lard

Sweets

Eggs

113 g

227 g

57 g

1s. 2d. Value (perhaps 450 g if available)

57 g

910 g marmalade or 450g jam or sugar

57 g

113 g

57 g

340 g/month when available

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World War II - WEEKLY RATION FOR ADULTS BRITAIN, APRIL 1945

Many people grew their own vegetables (which were not rationed) and raised chickens, rabbits etc. Cakes and biscuits were made at home using the sugar ration, and fizzy drinks were not generally available. Meat was scarce, and sausages contained very little.

  

“Despite the stresses of wartime, the health of the poor improved. People were encouraged to eat protein, carbohydrates, pulses and fruit and vegetables. Babies, pregnant women and the sick were allocated additional nutrients such as milk, orange juice and cod liver oil…..Amongst other things, carrots replaced sugar in apricot tart and were also eaten on sticks as lollies. Powdered egg and Spam from the US were mainstays of the era” (from BBC website).