Thursday, May 01, 2008

Beef stew and Tang

TB2K had a great thread the other day about food. With the price of food rising daily, shortage of certain foods here and abroad and our obsession with the end of the world, naturally any thread about food, especially "shelf stable foods" found in our pantries and cupboards.

Someone brought up how they purchased a case of Vienna Sausages. I don't know what was more surprising. How many people had never had Vienna Sausages or how many people ate them regularly.

The problem with people into preparedness, in my opinion, is how many of them are into food which are not exactly the best for you. Yes, when the poop hits the fan, you had better believe I will be into my canned beef stew and Spam. Yes, I have multiple boxes of macaroni and cheese, corn bread mix and other cholesterol laden foods.

However, long term, I know I will also be eating far more healthy fare. Rice, beans, fresh produce from my garden. The junk is just to get me from point A to B.

Second is the fallacy, "Look. You will be stressed and your body needs more fats to survive". Says who? Or "Look. You will be doing more hard labor once the SHTF and your body will need more calories". I guess that depends.

Take this scenario. The end has finally come. You are in your suburban home waiting for things to settle down long enough to load up the truck and head to grandma's remote house in the country. You might be holed up for as long as a month. Are you really going to stuff your face with Little Debbies, Hormel canned tamales and Criso? You know that stuff is bad for you and putting more in your system just increases the risk of a massive heart attack later in life. I can see the health care available when that happens! ("We can get Doc Stone the 80 year old veternerian down the road or get Mama in here. She know all about folk medicine!").

My suggestion is the fatty, cholesterol-filled junk food be kept on hand for limited sustinance or for younger people. For the rest of us, prepare now for a diet of healthier fare. YOur body will thank you after the SHTF.

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