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We are told that cotton farmers consumed corn, which doesn't have enough Niacin, and thus suffered from pellagra. However, when they had less money, they stuffed suffering. What could explain this? Well, it follows from less pellagra that they consumed less corn (since this is what caused it), and the change in income could explain this. So, the farmers probably consumed less corn, and consumed something cheaper with more Niacin. This is exactly what (A) tells us: When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.
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A should be the correct answer.

E is incorrect though tempting as it talks about mexico and it is not giving any proper reason why the number of people suffering from pellagra declined while farmers' income dwindled and cotton price declined.
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Online test bank question number : CR01298

From 1900 until the 1930s, pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin, was common among poor cotton farmers in the United States whose diet consisted mostly of corn, the least costly food they could buy. Corn does not contain niacin in usable form. Curiously, during the Depression of the early 1930s, when cotton's price collapsed and cotton farmers’ income declined, the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency.

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.

With (A), as it talks about consumption of other food items during the Depression.
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What is the paradox here. ? farmers usually eat corn. and corn does not consist niacin. however when production of cotton decreased, so does the incidence.evidently it has something to do with cotton and nothing to do with corn. Option A is on same lines and must be the answer.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.
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Online test bank question number : CR01298

From 1900 until the 1930s, pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin, was common among poor cotton farmers in the United States whose diet consisted mostly of corn, the least costly food they could buy. Corn does not contain niacin in usable form. Curiously, during the Depression of the early 1930s, when cotton's price collapsed and cotton farmers’ income declined, the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency.

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.

Imo A

A is our answer as when the cotton prices collapsed then the farmers had no choice other than to plant other crops such as vegetables, leading to decrease in cases of pellagra.

B Irrelevant as we not concerned protein deficiency.

C Again it is irrelevant

D Well this choice is tempting but we are not concerned with the treatment of the pellagra. This may be true but we do not know whether the treatment became available in 1930 or later .

E Irrelevant
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I didn't choose A because I think the new diversified diet doesn't necessarily contain vitamin niacin. The choice doesn't at all address this explicitly, so more vitamin niacin (leading to lower incidence of pellagra) derived from consuming veg and fruits is not an obvious inference from choice A.
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I didn't choose A because I think the new diversified diet doesn't necessarily contain vitamin niacin. The choice doesn't at all address this explicitly, so more vitamin niacin (leading to lower incidence of pellagra) derived from consuming veg and fruits is not an obvious inference from choice A.

Yes! For the same reason, I did not choose Choice A, though seemed convincing at first. Can someone please explain?
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BhaveshGMAT the reason behind A is selected is because its a better choice among rest.
Let's decode options one by one.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency. (We can't infer that the corn consumption leads to any protein deficiency because passage don't mention such even a single time. Even if the corn consumption Leads to protein deficiency in reality, we can't conclude in passage, because it never mention so) (Incorrect)

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person. (The farmers/researchers wouldn't have known that pellagra is caused due to Vitamin niacin deficiency, if it hadn't been discovered by then. The passage states in the initial lines itself that the pellagra is caused due to niacin deficiency, hence the paradox here is wrong) (Incorrect)

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.(The farmers couldn't even afford niacin efficient food supplies how can they afford its medicine? It can't be the cause of decreased level of deficiency) (Incorrect)

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable. (Even though this seems best, the sole reason we can't take this is because it mentions Mexico in its reference, we can't say the same situation is generalized everywhere else) (Incorrect)

Now, Since None of the options Above is good enough we are left with option A only.

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.(even though its stating an hypothetical situation but what if the farmers did grew vegetables and fruits back then which improved their pellagra situation? The deficiency level would had decreased then.)

This statement might or might not be the perfect answer, but is surely the only half valid point among rest.

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Dear experts,

Though the correct answer is A), I am still unable to link how growing vegetables and fruits for own consumption has anything to do with decrease in the cases of Pellegra.

Kindly help!

Thanks
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Dear experts,

Though the correct answer is A), I am still unable to link how growing vegetables and fruits for own consumption has anything to do with decrease in the cases of Pellegra.

Kindly help!

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Hi Sagar

The passage states the following about Pellagra:

i) ...pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin
ii) cotton farmers in the United States...diet consisted mostly of corn
iii) Corn does not contain niacin in usable form

After the Great Depression, as per option (A), "...poor farmers in the United States...planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption". Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins. Therefore, presumably, consumption of these fruits and vegetables filled the niacin deficiency that these farmers earlier had due to consumption of primarily corn, leading to a lower incidence of pellagra.

Hope this helps.
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sagarsangani123 wrote:
Dear experts,

Though the correct answer is A), I am still unable to link how growing vegetables and fruits for own consumption has anything to do with decrease in the cases of Pellegra.

Kindly help!

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Hi Sagar

The passage states the following about Pellagra:

i) ...pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin
ii) cotton farmers in the United States...diet consisted mostly of corn
iii) Corn does not contain niacin in usable form

After the Great Depression, as per option (A), "...poor farmers in the United States...planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption". Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins. Therefore, presumably, consumption of these fruits and vegetables filled the niacin deficiency that these farmers earlier had due to consumption of primarily corn, leading to a lower incidence of pellagra.

Hope this helps.

I agree to your point that consumption of fruits and vegetables presumably could fill the vitamin deficiency. But how can we say for sure that the fruits and vegetables helped fill in the vitamin niacin deficiency

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I think it is pretty straightforward, the rationale being there has to be something in the diet which helped famers keeping the disease at bay

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption: Bingo, this matches our requirement

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency: where does protein came from??

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person: doesn't help with the resolution of the paradox

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established: it does not matter

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable: So what??
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sagarsangani123 wrote:
I agree to your point that consumption of fruits and vegetables presumably could fill the vitamin deficiency. But how can we say for sure that the fruits and vegetables helped fill in the vitamin niacin deficiency

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Hi Sagar

You are correct that we cannot say for sure that consumption of these fruits and vegetables would have filled the niacin vitamin deficiency in the farmers.

However, our task on the GMAT is to select the best possible option among those provided. Even this question asks us to select that option which most helps to explain the decline in pellagra infection.

Assessing the stimulus, we are looking for that answer option which provides an alternative way for the niacin deficiency to be overcome. Option (A) is the only answer option which provides such an alternative and hence it has to be the correct answer.

Remember - we have to work with the options given and choose the best among those always rather than get stuck on the possibility of a utopian option.

Hope this clarifies.
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sagarsangani123 wrote:
Dear experts,

Though the correct answer is A), I am still unable to link how growing vegetables and fruits for own consumption has anything to do with decrease in the cases of Pellegra.

Kindly help!

Thanks

Let's take a look at the passage to check the argument before we look at how (A) explains the decline in pellagra.

The passage tells us:

1) Pellagra results from a niacin deficiency
2) Cotton farmers commonly had pellagra from 1900 until the 1930s
3) These farmers' diets commonly consisted mostly of corn -- the only crop they could afford
4) Corn does not contain niacin in a form the body can use
5) In the 1930s depression, the cotton price collapsed and farmers' income declined

This question asks us to find the answer choice that best explains why incidences of pellagra also declined in the 1930s, in the midst of the depression.

(A) tells us:
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(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

We were told in the passage that the cotton price collapsed in the 1930s. From this, we can infer that at least some farmers were not able to generate an adequate income from their cotton farms. (A) tells us that these farmers would respond by "planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption."

It is the addition of a greater amount of vegetables and fruits in the farmers' diets that could explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra. The implication is that the vegetables and fruit contain the extra niacin the farmers' bodies needed to prevent them from developing pellagra.

While there isn't an EXPLICIT link between the farmers eating a greater amount of vegetables and fruit and the lower incidence of pellagra, this is ok. The question asks us to find the answer choice that most helps explain the decline in the incidence of Pellagra. Since the implied link between fruit and vegetable consumption in (A) does more to explain the decline in pellagra than any other answer choice, it is the answer to this question.

I hope that helps!
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sagarsangani123 wrote:
Dear experts,

Though the correct answer is A), I am still unable to link how growing vegetables and fruits for own consumption has anything to do with decrease in the cases of Pellegra.

Kindly help!

Thanks

Let's take a look at the passage to check the argument before we look at how (A) explains the decline in pellagra.

The passage tells us:

1) Pellagra results from a niacin deficiency
2) Cotton farmers commonly had pellagra from 1900 until the 1930s
3) These farmers' diets commonly consisted mostly of corn -- the only crop they could afford
4) Corn does not contain niacin in a form the body can use
5) In the 1930s depression, the cotton price collapsed and farmers' income declined

This question asks us to find the answer choice that best explains why incidences of pellagra also declined in the 1930s, in the midst of the depression.

(A) tells us:
Quote:
(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

We were told in the passage that the cotton price collapsed in the 1930s. From this, we can infer that at least some farmers were not able to generate an adequate income from their cotton farms. (A) tells us that these farmers would respond by "planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption."

It is the addition of a greater amount of vegetables and fruits in the farmers' diets that could explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra. The implication is that the vegetables and fruit contain the extra niacin the farmers' bodies needed to prevent them from developing pellagra.

While there isn't an EXPLICIT link between the farmers eating a greater amount of vegetables and fruit and the lower incidence of pellagra, this is ok. The question asks us to find the answer choice that most helps explain the decline in the incidence of Pellagra. Since the implied link between fruit and vegetable consumption in (A) does more to explain the decline in pellagra than any other answer choice, it is the answer to this question.

I hope that helps!

Thank you #GMATNinja! I was adamant, questioning 'How can we imply the relationship between the two?'. The fact that the question asks us to find an answer that 'most helps' explain the cause, it now makes sense why we would go with answer choice (A).
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From 1900 until the 1930s, pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin, was common among poor cotton farmers in the United States whose diet consisted mostly of corn, the least costly food they could buy. Corn does not contain niacin in usable form. Curiously, during the Depression of the early 1930s, when cotton's price collapsed and cotton farmers’ income declined, the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency.

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.

This is actually an excellent question, not sure why its marked just 15% . Here's my detailed explanation.

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.
At first, this may look out of scope considering a change in diet from corn to fruits and vegetables can mean - Same Niacin deficiency, decreased deficiency & increased deficiency. Afterall, no-one knows whether fruits & vegetables give help in absorbtion of niacin. However, it does make us believe to some extent that a change might have occured. Lets keep this.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency.
We don't really care about a protein deficiency along with niacin deficiency. We just need to find out a possible reasoning for the decreased incidence of pellagra among the United states farmers after 1930 OR if simply put, a reason for how the niacin absorbtion may have increased. Eliminate

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.
Even if it was believed to have transmitted, does that help us give a possible reasoning for the decreased incidence of pellagra among the United states farmers? Eliminate

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.
The question stem very clearly mentions about "the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined" . Even if an effective treatment was available, does it give us a reason for decreased incidence or occurence of the disease? The disease could've easily been equally or more frequent, what changes because of this option is probably the recovery rate. Eliminate

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.
Mexico? Where did Mexico come from? The argument clearly talks about only US farmers, and for our answer choice, we should stick with only those specific kind of farmers. Eliminate
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From 1900 until the 1930s, pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin, was common among poor cotton farmers in the United States whose diet consisted mostly of corn, the least costly food they could buy. Corn does not contain niacin in usable form. Curiously, during the Depression of the early 1930s, when cotton's price collapsed and cotton farmers’ income declined, the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption.

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency.

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established.

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.­

­To solve this question, let us deploy IMS's four-step technique

STEP #1 -> IDENTIFY THE QUESTION TYPE

Let us read the question stem to identify the question type. The stem states, 'Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the decline in the incidence of pellagra?' What we have is an explain/resolve the paradox question.

Now that the question type is identified, let us proceed to the second step.

STEP #2 -> FIGURE OUT THE PARADOX

Let us x-ray the passage to figure out the paradox.

FACT #1 -> From 1900 until the 1930s, pellagra, a disease later discovered to result from a deficiency of the vitamin niacin, was common among poor cotton farmers in the United States whose diet consisted mostly of corn, the least costly food they could buy.
FACT #2 -> Corn does not contain niacin in usable form.
FACT #3 -> Curiously, during the Depression of the early 1930s, when cotton's price collapsed and cotton farmers’ income declined, the incidence of pellagra among those farmers also declined.

PARADOX: Despite cotton's price collapsing and cotton farmers' income declining, the incidence of pellagra, which was common among poor cotton farmers before, actually declined among those very farmers during the Depression of the early 1930s.

To frame a shadow answer, we need to know what the right answer should do. In this question, the right answer must simply tell us how the decline in the incidence of pellagra happened. Also, keep in mind that we can infer from the stated facts that a diet consisting mostly of corn very likely resulted in pellagra among the poor cotton farmers spoken of.

SHADOW ANSWER: Any situation that tells us how the incidence of pellagra among poor cotton farmers during the Depression of the early 1930s declined despite cotton's price collapsing and their income declining.

Now that a shadow answer is framed, let us proceed to the final step.

STEP #4 -> PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

(A) When growing a cash crop could not generate adequate income, poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption. - MATCHES THE SHADOW ANSWERIf poor farmers in the United States responded by planting their land with vegetables and fruits for their own consumption, it would mean that their diet did not mostly consist of corn, and since the consumption of corn was inferably the cause of pellagra in poor farmers, we get to know exactly how the incidence of pellagra among cotton farmers during the Depression of the early 1930s declined. - KEEP

(B) People whose diets consist largely of corn often suffer from protein deficiency as well as niacin deficiency. - NOT A MATCH - Not worried about what people with corn-rich diets suffer from. - ELIMINATE

(C) Until the discovery of pellagra's link with niacin, it was widely believed that the disease was an infection that could be transmitted from person to person.  - NOT A MATCH - Not worried about any widely-held belief concerning pellagra. - ELIMINATE

(D) Effective treatment for pellagra became available once its link with niacin was established. - NOT A MATCH - Not worried about when effective treatment for pellagra became available. - ELIMINATE

(E) In parts of Mexico, where people subsisted on corn but pellagra was uncommon, corn was typically processed with alkaline substances, which make the niacin in the corn absorbable.­ - NOT A MATCH- Not worried about what happened in parts of Mexico. - ELIMINATE

Hence, (A) is the right answer.
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