The appreciation of vegetables as food has greatly increased in recent years with an extended understanding of their peculiar values. The modern woman realizes that these values, having been paid for at the market, must be retained in the preparation, if her family is to benefit by her intelligent purchases. Vegetables are one of the three groups of food that protect growth and vitality and preserve the characteristics of youth, the others being milk and fruits. The importance of these protective foods may be realized by the fact that scientists have found an astonishing relation between the early onset of old age and the food habits of persons involved. The modern woman knows that vegetables provide not only starches and sugars for energy, as well as several forms of protein, but what is most important they provide impressive amounts of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and G, in addition to mineral salts. (See pages 39 to 44.) These mineral salts are especially Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Manganese, and Sulphur, as well as Iodine, in vegetables grown along the seashore. Besides all this, she knows that the generous use of many vegetables helps to keep up the body's normal alkaline balance which contributes so very largely to sound health and vitality.