Hey fellas (and ladies) - am doing some analysis of the military MRE - am curious to hear some reactions to the ‘nutritional strategy’ (cough) of the military for ‘high performance’ of the soldier. I include a breakdown of calories and ‘suspect’ ingredients - please let me know what you think. Too much sugar? Not enough fat? Certainly not enough protein (and they use soy protein as well). Anything you’d add? Tyrosine? BCAAs? Would you eat this if your life depended on it?!
MRE Composition ?Grilled Chicken Breast?
Grape Jelly: 70 cals, 12 grams sugar ? corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar
Cocoa: 20 grams sugar, 2 grams protein, 5 grams fat 190 cals ? sugar, corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, dextrose
Fudge Brownie ? sugar, bleached flour, partially hydrogenated soybean/cottonseed oil, 29 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, 18 grams fat 330 cals
Wheat Snack Bread ? 180 cals, 2 grams sugar, 5 grams fat, 3 grams protein. Bleached flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, soy flour
Iced Tea mix ? sugar, 15 grams, 60 cals
Spiced Cider ? 21 grams sugar
Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat ? corn syrup solids, hydrolyzed soy protein, 13 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 1 gram sugar 90 cals
Skittles ? 240 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 45 grams sugar ? sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, dextrose
Minestrone Stew ? 150 cals 6 grams sugar, 5 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, 2 grams fat ? monosodium glutamate
Cals - 1394
Sugars ? 151 grams (x4 = 604)
Protein ? 29 grams (x4 = 116)
Fat ? 16 grams (x9 = 54)
Sugar makes up 45% of the caloric value of this MRE.
Protein is less than 10%.
Fat is about 4%.
Other 40% of calories is ?complex carbohydrates? ? generally maltodextrin.