Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)
The individual operational ration currently used by the US Military is referred to as MREs which stands for Meals Ready to Eat. They are used to help soldiers who don’t have a provision for food preparation. These MREs are meant to provide all the necessary nutrition a soldier required on the go to sustain himself. The content includes a main course or entrees, side dish, butter/ cheese spread, crackers, instant coffee/tea, dessert, tissues, matches, spoon, and a ration heater. Although the items in an MRE can be eaten cold, it tastes better when it is warm.
The main course or the entrées in an MRE may vary. Some MREs includes dishes like omelets, penne, etc, while some other contains traditional meals like meatloaf or pot roast.
The past twenty years of development has resulted in many changes in the contents, appearance, and packaging of MREs. Below are some benefits of MREs.
- Five minutes heating in boiled water can make it ready to eat.
- In an emergency, it can be eaten cold.
- Storage life of three to ten years.
Prepared with maximum possible nutrition.
MREs can not only be given to soldiers but can also be distributed among people in the disaster area as part of aid packages. They can also be distributed in refugee camps as well. The MREs may contain food energy varying from 1200 to 1500 calories.
A lot of people complains that MREs causes a high degree of constipation. Developers have tried options like adding extra fiber to the cracker or bread in the meal to overcome this problem. Still many people who eat MREs give alternate definitions to them like “Meals Refusing to Exit”. As food is one of the most important necessities of humans and MREs fulfill this purpose in very critical situations, they should be considered as a blessing rather than blaming them.