Quick Nutrition For Soldiers On The Go
MREs are the main operational food ration for the United States Armed Forces. It originated from the c-rations and k-rations from World War II, and later developed into MCI (Meal, Combat, Individual) rations used in Korea and Vietnam. In 1980 the MRE was developed and is still the U.S. Army's primary ration.
Generally, a MRE contains the following items:
- Entree - the main course, such as spaghetti or beef stew
- Side dish - rice, corn, fruit, or mashed potatoes, etc.
- Cracker or bread
- Spread - peanut butter, jelly, or cheese spread
- Dessert - cookies or pound cakes
- Candy - M&Ms, Skittles, or Tootsie Rolls
- Beverages - Gatorade-like mixes, cocoa, dairy shakes, coffee, tea
- Hot sauce or seasoning - in some MREs
- Flameless Ration Heater - to heat the entree
- Accessories - spoon, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum, toilet paper, etc.
Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13 percent protein, 36 percent fat, and 51 percent carbohydrates) and one-third of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day's worth of meals would consist of three MREs.