A Look at Army MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
What are they, and what’s in them?
There is only one glass item found in any MRE: a mini bottle of Tabasco sauce. The condiment ate through almost every other kind of packaging.
Each of these military meals, with a beverage and sides, gives soldiers 1,300 calories, plus nutrients for endurance on the front lines.
Cost to military: $7.24 per package
Can survive 3 years at 80 degrees and still taste good
Packaged in a 4-layer shell that keeps out water and oxygen
Can withstand a 150-foot plunge without a parachute
Weight (g): 226.9
Protein (g): 19.52
Carbs (g): 36.4
Fat (g): 16.96
Chol (mg): 44.96
New entrées, like chicken fajitas, cater to the military’s growing Hispanic population, now 13.5%.