Perhaps you’ve come across the idea that it doesn’t matter what emergency food you store, as long as you have something put away. The idea is something along the lines of You’ll eat anything if you’re hungry enough. The primary qualifications many require of their food storage are that it is cheap and that it has a long shelf life. While finding emergency food that fits within your budget and has a long shelf life are vital, don’t neglect to examine an equally vital quality of food storage food: nutrition.
Survival situations are tough times—tough on bodies and tough on minds. During these tough times, the source of all your nourishment and sustenance will be your food supply. Therefore, when you are preparing a survival food supply, it makes sense to gather foods that are nutrient-dense and able to nourish and sustain while also being long-lasting. One of these nutrient-rich foods that can be prepared to store for long periods of time is beans. Today we’ll look at why beans are a superfood, something you should consume on a regular basis, and, more specifically, why they are a super food storage food.
Beans: Food Storage Superfood
1. Beans are famously high in fiber. Just one half-cup serving of beans typically has about 10 grams, an excellent amount for a single food. This high fiber amount combined with the high water content found in beans helps fill you up faster and keeps you full longer, making beans an ideal survival food. What more could you want in an emergency situation than an ingredient that is going to stretch your meal longer through the day?
2. Beans are a good source of complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly by our bodies and are one of the best sources our bodies have of sustained energy. The complex carbohydrates found in beans can supply you with the vital energy you need to handle the assortment of challenges you might face in a survival situation.
3. Beans offer healthy protein. At around 7 to 10 grams of protein per half-cup serving, beans are an excellent source of this vital macro-nutrient. Protein is involved in many of the most essential functions of the body, from cell repair to bone health. When you combine beans with whole grains like brown rice, you get a complete protein just like you would get from any meat source. Best of all, this protein source does not also slip in sneaky unhealthy fats, like saturated fat found in most meat products.
4. Beans make for a healthy heart. In a study conducted at the University of Arizona, participants who ate ½ cup of beans daily lowered their cholesterol by 8%. In addition, because beans are a good source of potassium, they can lower sodium levels in the body, in turn lowering blood pressure.
5. Beans help fight cancer. Because beans are a good source of antioxidants, the magical phytochemicals that fight free radicals, if you make beans a part of your diet, you increase the antioxidants flowing through your system and curb the spread of cancer-linked free-radicals.
6. Beans are nutrient-dense. They are a good source of calcium, Vitamin D, iron, magnesium, folate, and Vitamin B6. With a fact sheet like that, it’s hard to leave them off a list of superfoods.
Knowing how fantastic beans are for so many aspects of health, here’s some good news. Five of Legacy Premium’s food storage entrees feature beans. These delicious entrees include enchilada beans and rice, chili mac, southwestern soup, classic chili, and white bean chili. We also offer a side dish of refried beans, which is simply pinto beans and salt—no lard or other unhealthy ingredients. Including beans in your emergency food menu is a great way to add calories and nutrients to your survival diet.
Today’s lesson: The ingredients that make up your emergency food are important. They will play an important role in your physical and mental state during survival situations. Store food that is full of nutrition and will give your body what it needs to last. In other words, don’t forget the beans.