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Nutrition is a topic that doesn’t get much attention in the prepper community, but it should. Let’s say you’re living through a long-term disaster and every day you’re eating rice, gravy, pasta, sauce, and canned soup. You’ll certainly be getting enough calories, but what about vitamins and minerals?
Without a well-rounded diet, you will slowly develop symptoms caused by vitamin deficiency such as bleeding gums, diarrhea, edema, fatigue, tingling sensations, and wounds that won’t heal. If you have a vitamin deficiency for long enough, you could even do long-term damage to your organs. That’s why I always recommend people stock up on multivitamins in addition to emergency food.
But while multivitamins can help, the body doesn’t absorb them very well which is why you’re better off eating the real deal: a variety of fruits, veggies, beans, and other nutritious foods. And vitamins aren’t the only thing you need to stay healthy. You also need a healthy mix of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. That is the subject of this article by Tess Pennington from Ready Nutrition.
She writes, “While those of us living comfortably in the United States do not see malnutrition on a regular basis, it can and will pose a problem if an unprepared population finds itself dealing with a long-term disaster. During the turbulent times of the Great Depression, malnutrition was at the forefront of health issues and as a result, many suffered short and long-term effects of this health problem.” Follow the link below to keep reading.