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Old 11-05-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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MRE Nutritional Facts

I attached a little spreadsheet I made of one of the MREs I was issued this past weekend. I would love to get folks take on this. I used to wonder why I would drink constantly in the field and still be dehydrated, I'm guessing taking in over 1800 mg of sodium at each meal might have something to do with that! What do yall think?
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Re: MRE Nutritional Facts

Probably a cause.

1300 calories isn't bad but I'm sure we wish it all had more protein. A fair amount of carbs, but if you're in the field that's not really a bad thing.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I attached a little spreadsheet I made of one of the MREs I was issued this past weekend. I would love to get folks take on this. I used to wonder why I would drink constantly in the field and still be dehydrated, I'm guessing taking in over 1800 mg of sodium at each meal might have something to do with that! What do yall think?
The sodium issue pales in comparison to the quality of that meal.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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Eating 3 per day does wonders for your body composition.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:05 AM   #5
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Is this what the military people are issued for the field?
Talk about friendly fire
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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I just clicked on the link. Don't hate. Chilli Mac is one of the more delicious ones
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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Re: MRE Nutritional Facts

Chili Mac is a good MRE. There are a few that were good. I was talking about my Uncle with this the other day. Especially good were the PB and chocolate.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #8
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Re: MRE Nutritional Facts

Personally MREs are an amazing solution for the problem they are intended to solve.

I can't imagine any other way to make a ration that's shelf stable for multiple years, can go through extreme temperatures un-refrigerated, air drop-able without a parachute, all while being reasonably palatable with 24 menu options.

That being said I haven't touched one for a few years. I'm in a dust-hole but still lucky enough to have a contract DFAC. On the days we lose our DFAC or power MREs are handed out, most people are happy to grab them

End rant; get a load of our "Go For Green" / healthy choice table. Yes Pop-Tarts are color coded green and bacon is color coded red.
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Personally MREs are an amazing solution for the problem they are intended to solve.

I can't imagine any other way to make a ration that's shelf stable for multiple years, can go through extreme temperatures un-refrigerated, air drop-able without a parachute, all while being reasonably palatable with 24 menu options.
One alternative solution is the PaleoMRE (work family safe)
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:04 PM   #10
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Re: MRE Nutritional Facts

I love pork rib mixed with the cheese sauce. And shame on you if you don't smuggle in your own poguie (official spelling?) bait to the field. At the very least some jerky. And the reason it has so much sodium is because they expect you to lose a lot of salt due to excessive sweat during field time and/or deployment. They weren't thinking of the feelings of food snobs. I'm also assuming that you are in reasonable health since you are in the military and not a 50 year old with hypertension. I used to eat the meats in MREs all the time and I lived to tell the tale....

Ps have a food Veterans Day weekend, bra....
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