On Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:42:04 +0100, Vicky Ayech <***@gmail.com>
scrawled in the dust...
Post by Vicky Ayech
You made it! Things could have been worse :).
Should we have a little celebration? Maybe extra rations from the
chocolate bunker and a cup of Bengers?
What WAS Bengers? I don't recall anyone I know having it. Do they
still make it?
Benger's Food - I suspect it was a high protein drink like Complan or any
number of 'sports' supplements. It amused me when I realised the same stuff
was being marketed for the old and/or feeble and the young and very active.
The entry in ‘Family Doctor’ (1938) described Benger's thus:-
”As it contains a very small quantity of fat, Benger’s Food is made with
milk to make good the deficiency. It is a mixture of wheat-flour and an
extract containing the digestive ferments of the pancreatic juice. When a
mixture of the food with milk is kept at blood heat, these juices partly
digest the proteins of the milk and the food, and convert the starch in the
food into sugar.
This action may be allowed to go on for five to forty-five minutes, and in
the end there may be very little starch remaining unconverted. This makes
it a very suitable food for babies and invalids. According to the time
allowed for preparation, the milk mixture may be graded to the capacity of
the child. As the baby grows, and its own pancreatic juice comes into
operation, less time will be required.”
So if you keep it warm for long enough it provides pre-digested wheat and
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