What to Eat in a Disaster: 10 Essential Items

Dry Whole Grains

Whole grain foods have been shown to reduce the risk of acquiring cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and some gastrointestinal illnesses.

Dried Herbs and Spices

Though you may have enough, herbs and spices are essential to any preparedness cabinet, especially if you don't have electricity and are cooking shelf-stable goods. 

Unsalted Nuts and Seeds

Research shows that nuts and seeds are a calorie-dense staple with fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats. 

Natural Nut and Seed Butters

These spreadable nuts and seeds add flavor to toast, smoothies, and sandwiches.

Tinned Low-Mercury Fish Packed in Water

Canned goods last, however canned meats are often criticized. since study reveals they're processed and salty. Fill your pantry with water-packed salmon and tuna cans or pouches to decrease calories.

Canned Fruits and Veggies

Canned fruits and vegetables, like other canned foods, contain sodium, but a study found that the American diet does not need much of it and that frequent canned food use increased total nutrient intake.

Dried Fruit

Fruit is usually best in vitamins, minerals, and fiber when fresh or frozen. According to A Healthier Michigan, dried fruit loses certain vitamins but retains most of these. 

Bottled Water

Safe water is the top priority for emergency preparedness since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends drinking enough water daily to be healthy. 

Root Vegetables

Vegetables last longer than others. Cool (literally) hack from the Farmers' Almanac: Upright root vegetables buried in sand at 32–40 degrees F can last five months.

Olive Oil

The American Heart Association claims monounsaturated lipids in olive oil may reduce heart disease risk. Olive oil stands out because. Cook and prepare heart-healthy dressing with it. 

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