MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) were originally designed for use by our military and can play a vital part in your Long Term Food Storage if you properly understand their use and purpose. They were meant to serve the nutrtional needs of soldiers in the field and their original use was intended for a period of approximately 10 days as a substitute for traditional meals. Although they have been used many times for extended periods of up to 30 days or more, the actual consumption of all foodstuffs in the MREs falls off dramatically with repeated consumption periods longer than a week to 10 days.
MREs provide an average of about 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates). This is a third of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day of meals consisting of three MREs would give you a total caloric intake of approximately 3,750 calories. This is well in excess of civilian dietary requirements that estimate the need for approximately 2,400 calories per day. This increased calorie amount is directly related to the increase needs of rigorous physical activity.
One of the most definitive websites for information on MREs can be found here:
You can read about the history of MREs here:
You can read about buying MREs here:
The final decision as to whether or not to include MREs in your food storage plans should be made only after you understand what they are and their intended purpose.
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