The military released information last month about a new food item which is going to be added to MREs in August of this year.
I would like to be really, really happy for the military and the soilders, but I can't be, because no food able to last 3 years in 80 degree temperatures without spoilage can be good. I am not talking about taste, I'm talking about those pesky brain cell killers called excitotoxins. The ingredients used to produce this "holy grail" pizza can't be excitotoxins-free to exist. And here is my proof: Though all the ingredients haven't been released, this paragraph says enough:
But on-and-off research over the past few years helped them figure out ways to prevent moisture from migrating. That includes using ingredients called humectants — sugar, salt and syrups can do the trick — that bind to water and keep it from getting to the dough.
The full article can be read here: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/military-developing-pizza-lasts-years-article-1.1614433
Humectants are not ordinary "sugar", "salt", or "syrups".
Examples of Humectants include:
- propylene glycol (E1520), hexylene glycol, and butylene glycol
- glyceryl triacetate (E1518)
- vinyl alcohol
- Sugar alcohols/sugar polyols: glycerol/glycerin, sorbitol (E420), xylitol, maltitol (E965)
- polymeric polyols (e.g., polydextrose (E1200))
- quillaia (E999)
- aloe vera gel
- MP Diol
- alpha hydroxy acids (e.g., lactic acid)
This list is from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humectant
Here is an explanation of some of the Humectants listed above:
>>>Sugar alcohols/sugar polyols: glycerol/glycerin, sorbitol (E420), xylitol, maltitol (E965) All fake sugars are Excitotoxins
>>>polymeric polyols (e.g., polydextrose (E1200)) Polydextrose... "It is a multi-purpose food ingredient synthesized from dextrose (glucose), plus about 10 percent sorbitol and 1 percent citric acid. Its E number is E1200. The FDA approved it in 1981"
>>>quillaia (E999) Quillaia is a Bark Extract.
The above information is from Wikipedia.
The US Army http://nsrdec.natick.army.mil/media/fact/index.htm
has this to say about allergies http://nsrdec.natick.army.mil/media/fact/food/Allergens.htm
Allergen Information for Operational Rations
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about two percent of adults in the United States suffer from food allergies. Furthermore, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has reported that in the past five years the estimated number of Americans with food allergies has doubled. Similarly, the Military Services, the Office of the Surgeon General and Military Dietitians have seen an increase in Warfighters exhibiting allergic reactions to a wide variety of foods. The eight major food allergens are milk, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and wheat.
Why It Is Needed:
Operational rations may contain ingredients that are allergens, potentially causing adverse health effects to Warfighters with severe food allergies. Many military rations contain gluten, which is present in barley, rye, wheat and oats. In addition, food allergies may lead to under-consumption of operational rations and may cause potentially serious health risks including anaphylaxis that may trigger a series of symptoms affecting the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, or cardiovascular system. These reactions can be mild to life threatening.
The only way to prevent an allergic reaction to a particular food is to avoid it. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act has required that since January 2006, all commercial and military ration manufacturers of packaged foods containing any of the eight major allergens list the allergens present in the food ingredient statement.In addition, manufacturers are encouraged to avoid/eliminate cross-contamination and to follow good manufacturing practices to help eliminate adverse allergic reactions in food components present in combat rations.
The labeling of allergen warnings on combat ration components is meant for consumer education but not to indicate the suitability of combat rations for deployed Warfighters with severe food allergies or food intolerances. Only a Warfighter’s primary medical care provider is qualified to make determinations as to their deployability due to food allergies or food intolerance.
I love this part:
The only way to prevent an allergic reaction to a particular food is to avoid it.
Words to live by when you're not out in the middle of nowhere with what to eat
I will provide more information when it becomes available.