Category Archives: nutrition

6 Reasons Whole Grains are Better for Survival

If/when there is a food shortage or a disruption in the food production and distribution system, whole grains will become much more important. It is axiomatic that whole grains are healthier than refined grains. But most people do not know … Continue reading

Stay Healthy When the SHTF: Electrolytes

Your blood is water-based. However, it has a degree of salinity; blood needs different types of salts to function properly. Human blood contains many components: red blood cells, white blood cells, proteins, fats, glucose, as well as electrolytes. The salt … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, tangerines, mandarin oranges, clementines, tangelos, pummelos, and kumquats. Tangerines (Citrus tangerina), mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata), and clementines (Citrus clementina) are each small orange citrus fruits, easily confused with one another. Mandarin oranges are … Continue reading

How Much Salt Do You Need?

… or what the government doesn’t want you to know about salt intake. Table salt is one of those kitchen staples that every prepper should store in large quantity. Salt is useful for keeping stored food dry. I add a … Continue reading

7 Reasons to Grow Corn in a Survival Garden

Grains are an important staple crop. Corn (maize), wheat, and rice are the top three staple crops in the world. The world agricultural system produces a vast array of food crops. But very few crops are grown in nearly the … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Achenes

Grains include cereals, legumes, and achenes. A cereal is the seed of a grassy plant: barley, corn (maize), millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, teff, triticale, wheat. Legumes include beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans, and lentils. An achene is a pseudo-cereal; it’s … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Olive Oil

One mistake that I notice some preppers making is not storing enough dietary fat. Everyone stores grains, dry beans, other dry goods. Not everyone stores vegetable oil. Why? We are all bombarded with subtle and not-so-subtle messages in the media, … Continue reading

How much Protein should you Store?

I’ve been reading up on diet and health lately — as you might have surmised from some of my recent posts. One interesting question is how much protein, fat, and carbohydrates is best for a healthy diet. And this affects … Continue reading

A Primer on Carotenoids and Health

The most well-known carotenoid is beta-carotene, a naturally-occurring compound that gives carrots their orange color. Your body can convert beta-carotene into vitamin A. But beta-carotene is essentially inactive as a vitamin until it is converted, so it is a way … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Leafy Green Crops

Forget about iceberg lettuce. It’s one of the least nutritious vegetables you could eat. Iceberg lettuce is 95% water and low in pretty much every nutrient, even fiber. So why give it space in your survival garden? By comparison, many … Continue reading

Which Supplements Should You Store? Zinc

Not every vitamin or mineral supplement is good for your health, especially when the dosage is high. All the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are necessary to health. But in excessive amounts any nutrient might be harmful. For my own preps … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Carrots

I wouldn’t attempt to grow rice or wheat. The harvested crop needs to be threshed and hulled. It’s too much work for a food that is inexpensive to buy and easy store. On the other hand, carrots are a difficult … Continue reading