Many people’s food storage pantries are made up of the same items: bulk dry grains, vegetables, legumes, and maybe some sugar or honey. If you’ve got these items stored, you may think you’ve got a pretty good basic supply of food. However, a diet based on these foods alone is severely lacking in one vital nutrient: protein. Some food storage experts say that a food storage pantry without meat is an incomplete food storage pantry. Today, let’s look at why you should store meat and, more specifically, why Legacy’s freeze-dried chicken and beef offerings are an excellent option when it comes to food storage meat.
1. Protein is essential for the body to function. Protein is an important part of every single cell in the body, from muscle cells to fingernail cells. It is a crucial nutrient for building and repairing tissue, creating enzymes, and building muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, and blood. When the body is deficient in protein, it cannot perform any of these basic functions efficiently. In emergency situations and other times when you will be living off of your food storage supplies, it will be more important than possibly any other time for your body to be functioning well. Protein is the key.
2. Meat has high amounts of protein. Legacy Premium’s supply of freeze-dried beef has 33 grams of protein and its freeze-dried chicken has 37 grams. That’s a large amount of protein that is hard to get in any other single food source besides meat. Most nutritionists recommend that you get anywhere from .45 to .77 grams per pound of your body weight, depending on your activity level. So for an extremely active athlete who is 150 pounds, the goal would be around 115 grams of protein per day. For a fairly active person who is 150 pounds, the goal would be around 65 grams of protein per day. That’s a lot of protein needs, and protein-dense foods like meat are a great way to fill them.
3. Meat is a high-quality source of protein. Not only does it offer large amounts of protein; it is also quality protein. Unlike dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese, which can be high in sugar, meat is a calorically efficient way to get protein.
4. Legacy’s freeze-dried meat has a 25-year shelf life. Unlike canned and boxed meals with meat in them that you might find at the store and will last for a few years in storage before they go bad, Legacy’s freeze-dried meats will last a quarter of a century in storage. This is due to their freeze-dried nature and Legacy’s meticulous packaging process that reduces oxygen levels to well below the industry standard of 2%. When you store this meat, you store for emergency situations that may come in the near future or not for many, many years.
5. Meat is versatile and adds variety to meals. Emergency situations can be long, and food storage supplies can be limited. After too much time living on food storage, a person can start to develop meal fatigue. Any variations you can throw into the mix will be a welcome addition to life in an emergency. With freeze-dried meat in your pantry, you can toss beef or chicken into any other meal for a quick change of flavor.
6. Legacy’s freeze-dried meat is easy to prepare. Convenient cooking in emergency situations is extremely important. Legacy’s freeze-dried meat is easy to prepare and ready in a minute. Simply soak equal parts meat and water for 1 minute, then use it as you would any other cooked meat. This meat makes meals more convenient both in a disaster situation and on a regular night at home when you don’t have the time or energy to cook meat from scratch.
7. Meat makes meals more balanced for a more nutritious survival diet. One of the eventual risks of eating the same set of foods over and over as must be done in survival situations is that the body ends up lacking in certain nutrients and overloaded in others. When you store meat along with a wide variety of other emergency foods, you ensure that your body will get balanced nutrition.
8. Meat is a good source of other important nutrients. Both beef and chicken are excellent sources of iron, which is essential for the body to properly store and use oxygen. Beef is an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is a vitamin that is important for vision and bone growth.
9. Meat is tasty. In 2011, Oxfam conducted a survey in which they asked over 16,000 people in 17 countries around the world what their favorite foods were. The results? The top three foods in the world are pasta, meat, and rice. If you are a meat fan, you are not alone, and this is all the more reason to add meat to your food storage offerings today. Meat is almost universally eaten and enjoyed and will be a valuable item to have in survival situations.
If yours is a meat-eating family and you don’t have any meat stored away in your food storage reserves, you may want to consider make a purchase of high-quality, long-lasting meat today. Not only will your family’s meals be healthier and more balanced; you will also have a convenient meal option for emergency situations and everyday life.