Honey is one of the best foods you can have in a long term survival situation. For this to be true, it has to be raw or at least relatively unprocessed. The carbohydrates in honey are divided fairly equally between glucose and fructose. The separated sugars bond with water instead of each other which help prevent the water molecules from being available to microorganisms which would otherwise spoil the honey.
The sugar separation also slows the rate which the body absorbs the calories; honey is absorbed at about 2 calories a minute while sucrose (table sugar) absorbs at 10 calories per minute. This equates to more sustained energy absorption, rather than the quick sugar-shock of conventional white sugar. Honey also contains a small amount of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, niacin, B6, and zinc.
Honey is great for long term storage; as long as it is kept dry it can last forever. Edible honey has even been found inside Egyptian pyramids! Even if the honey crystallizes, it can be eaten in that form or reformed into honey by heating it with perhaps a little water. Historically, honey has been used to treat wounds and infections topically as it has antibacterial properties. Manuka honey is often used as it has a greater antibacterial effect.
2. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional Yeast, also known as Brewer’s Yeast is a nutty flavored food and is packed with vitamins. Unlike regular bread yeast, you don’t use this for baking, but instead mix it with other foods as a vitamin supplement. Kal Nutritional Yeast is loaded with B vitamins as well as zinc and selenium. You can check out the entire nutritional profile here: http://www.vitacost.com/Kal-Nutritional-Yeast-Flakes The yeast is great when mixed with broth as snack or with fish or cheese. Long term storage would be an issue as the unopened cans only last about a year. For longer periods, the yeast would have to be packed with oxygen absorbers and sealed in either #10 cans or Mylar bags.
Good old fashioned Whole Wheat is one of the best foods you can store. With oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags, wheat can last for years if packed correctly. Whole wheat is a great source of fiber, carbohydrates, selenium, manganese, phosphorous, and magnesium. At 355 calories per cup, it’s also quite calorically dense.
4. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E as well as phosphorous and copper. In addition, their protein and unsaturated (good fat) content is relatively high.
5. Chia Seed
Chia seed is very high in calcium and phosphorous (which aids in calcium absorption, among other things). It’s also high in fiber, which in survival scenario would help balance out many of the low fiber food options available (anything from canned meat to fresh rabbit). Chia seed also helps with bloods sugar levels and contains lots of omega 3 oils.
One can of kippers has 15 grams of protein and 2 grams of omega 3 oils. They are also relatively lower sodium than many canned goods often purchased by survivalists (SPAM anyone?).The cans also store for significantly longer than most canned foods. I have some sitting around from almost a year ago and they are still good till sometime in 2014.
7. Lentils, Pinto and Black beans
These foods are all very high in fiber and protein, as well as supplying carbohydrates. Lentils are high in folate (folic acid) and iron while black beans are high in magnesium. The fiber is always good as it may counteract some of the effects of other foods in storage that don’t supply fiber (like MREs).
9. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has lots of niacin, vitamin E, and protein. It has trace amounts of a variety of other nutrients as well. It’s one of those foods that is easy to prepare as well. Try looking for packets of peanut and even almond butter at health food stores. These work great for meals on the go.
9. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper, while not so much a food as a supplement is one of the best things to consume for most people (please consult a physician before taking any supplement). Cayenne reduces blood pressure and increases blood flow. It helps keep arteries clear and improves the immune system. Cayenne is great for the digestion and reduces appetite.
Okay, so I cheaped out here. MRE’s aren’t really a specific type of food; they are the military meals ready to eat. They are highly balanced and nutritious meals with loads of calories which will be necessary in any survival situation. They are also great for camping and hiking. The best places to get these is online, since local surplus stores often sell sub-par versions for much more than they’re worth. Check http://www.mreinfo.com/ for more information.
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