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Stockpiling Food: How Much Is Enough?

There are many reasons to stock up on more food that you’ll need in the immediate future. Planning for a storm, preparing for an electrical outage or prepping for the end of the world all require extra food. Before you go out and get a club card at a big-bulk discount store, follow this guide for stockpiling food.

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How Much? How Many? How Long?

The question of how much food is enough can essentially be answered with two questions: How many people will need to eat, and for what length of time? It is suggested that adults eat around 2,000 calories per day in a ratio of about 55 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 15 percent protein.

So, if three adults want enough food for 10 days, you’ll need enough food for 60,000 calories in the appropriate proportions.

The Mighty Bean

Whole grains and dried legumes or beans not only offer more nutrition for your money than virtually any other food source, but they keep for a remarkably long time. Providing healthy amounts of protein, good fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber, whole grains and dried beans are likely going to be your dominant food source if your survival situation lasts for an extended period of time.

If there were any class of food of which you couldn’t have enough, this would be it.

Go Nuts

Tree nuts are fairly expensive, but they’re healthy, they can be eaten on the go and used to dress up bland food, breaking the monotony of culinary repetition. There is a reason that virtually all high-energy trail mix is based in a blend of nuts. If you find a deal, nuts are an item to be bought in bulk.

Terrific Tuna

Animal protein is the most complete protein available. Of all the animal protein you can get, the one that sticks out the most as having the best combination of low fat-to-calorie ratio, affordability, and quality of protein consumed is fish — specifically tuna fish.

The canned flake or chunk variety can be purchased for around 11 cents an ounce. One can serves at least two people. Although cans — and the water in which the tuna inside is packed — are heavy, this nutritional pot of gold will be a valuable commodity in the end days.

It’s impossible to say how much food is enough — or too much. Each situation is different, with different requirements for different amounts and ages of people. Whether or not they’re moving or in a reliable structure and how long they need to hold out will all play in to your planning.

Hopefully, the day you’re planning for will never come, but if it does, be ready — and bring a can-opener.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles who writes about a variety of topics, including car insurance.

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