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"After several months of collecting items for my food storage, I felt pretty confident that I had enough food for a year's supply for my family. Since I order regularly from Emergency Essentials, I came across their Food Storage Analyzer™ and decided to give it a try. I had used various other programs available while I collected my food storage, but I liked that Emergency Essentials' Food Storage Analyzer would break it down into not only calories, but also essential vitamins.
This was something that I had wondered about as I stocked up on my grains, legumes and other food storage essentials since we were used to eating a much broader diet filled with many fruits and vegetables. After inputting my food storage, I was happy to see that we had over 400 days worth of calories, but shocked to Replace that we were more than 70% deficient in Vitamin A. We were also 40% deficient in Vitamin C and 25% deficient in Calcium.
|Carrot Dices - High in Vitamin A|
After discovering this, I thought, "How do I fix it?" Then, right there to the right of the results, were buttons which led me to a list of items that were high in each of those nutrients. It took me just a few minutes to Replace several options in each nutrient category for my family to try. I learned that it is important to know what is in your food storage, besides calories, to try and be the best prepared for your family. I also know what to watch for during sales in the coming months since I know exactly what items would give us the most benefit in our food storage plan."
Three Plus Me
I just played around with the Food Storage Analyzer. I cannot wait to get all the food storage I have inventoried and into this system. What a easy system that does SO much of the thinking for you! Can't wait to share it with my friends.
Another thing to think about is that the US RDA (recommended daily allowance) of those nutrients / vitamins is the bare minimum required NOT to be deficient in them. If someone in your family is sick, or has greater needs, or you live in a northern climate where you aren't able to get vitamin D from the sun every day (because of cold winters), then you need to take those special needs into consideration.
And a multiple vitamin from WalMart isn't going to cut it, in fact can even hurt you. You don't want synthetic vitamins — your body cannot assimilate them, and they contain a lot of fillers (sometimes even lead or other heavy metals! Yikes!). So, just be aware… :)
It is so important to prepare for all eventualities, this blog has really inspired me to get more organised and start working out a plan for my family.