Here at Emergency Essentials®, we really try to focus on educating our customers. Over 24 years of experience have taught us a lot of really good things about what to do (and what not to do) when it comes to food storage and emergency preparation. And we see it as our job to pass that on to you!
So here are what we are calling our "14 Tips for Food Storage Shopping". These are the questions you should ask, the facts to check, and the information you will need to make the best, most well-informed purchase possible for you and your family.
Over the next few weeks we will be covering each one of these extensively. So read over them, and let us know in the comments what you think!
#3: Look for nutritional calories, not empty calories. Try and get calories from a wide variety of sources as possible. A lot of calories from sugar drinks or candy are far less healthy than from balanced meals.
The main point here is that there are good calories and there are bad calories, and there are just worthless calories.
Trying to have a balanced diet can be hard even in your regular life. It can be even more difficult in a disaster. This is why looking at nutritional values becomes so important.
Lets compare a common household product and its food storage analog:
Sugar Drinks VS Fortified Drink Mix
Sugar drinks are a fairly common, very delicious drink mix. And you can even make the argument that there is some nutritional value: a 17 gram serving yields approx. 10% of your daily Vitamin C.
Compare that to a serving of Provident Pantry Fortified Peach Drink mix: a 17 gram serving gives you 30% of your daily vitamin C, as well as 5% of your daily vitamin A. There is also less sugar.
Ultimately, you should store what you eat and eat what you store. But pay close attention to nutritional information, and start making changes in your current diet that will make it easier for you to live on your food storage.
What are some great foods you are storing to help round out your food storage?