Of all the foods out there, fruits are one of the most enjoyable to eat. They are naturally flavorful, delicious and healthy.
Back in the day, for your food storage preparations, you only had the choice of bland food storage staples. Fast forward to today and you can add flavor and balanced nutrition to your food storage. Fruits provide natural sugars and essential vitamins that your body will need in an emergency.
Benefits of fruit
Fruit is a great source of natural sugars for energy. Fruit is easier to digest than your typical food storage grains and will be less taxing on your body. Fruits also contain a lot of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fiber that you need in your diet.
According to the British Medical Journal (Sept. 2001), fresh fruits offer the best bet for a long life. The study found that frequent fruit eaters have a 32 percent lower risk of dying from cerebrovascular disease such as a stroke. They also have a 24 percent lower risk of dying from ischemic heart disease than those who ate fruit less than once a day.
Fruit are also low-fat, low-sodium and low in calories while still providing you with Vitamin C, Fiber and Folate
How much fruit do I need in my food storage?
The amount of fruit that you need in your diet depends on your gender, age and level of physical activity. The chart below is figured for a person who gets less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
During an emergency, you’d obviously need more energy from the natural sugars found in fruits.
|Daily recommendation of fruit|
|Children||2-3 years old||1 cup|
|4-8 years old||1 - 1.5 cups|
|Girls||9-13 years old||1.5 cups|
|14-18 years old||1.5 cups|
|Boys||9-13 years old||1.5 cups|
|14-18 years old||2 cups|
|Women||18-30 years old||2 cups|
|31-50 years old||1.5 cups|
|51+ years old||1.5 cups|
|Men||19-30 years old||2 cups|
|31-50 years old||2 cups|
|51+ years old||2 cups|
As a basic rule, it’s recommend that half of your meal be fruits or vegetables. Try to have a variety of fruits on your plate instead of just a single one.
But how does that translate to food storage?
Depending on the type of fruit that you prefer, they each come with different serving sizes and recommendations.
On average, a can of Saratoga Farms fruit has about 12 cups of fruit in it. That means that you have about 6 - 12 days worth of fruit servings in a single can. So, if you want to prepare for a 3-month period, you should consider at least 8 cans of fruit per person.
How to use freeze-dried fruit
The great thing about fruits in your food storage is you can use them in diverse ways.
Prepare them by just adding water and they are restored to their plump, fresh-tasting, nutritional state. After you prepare them, you can easily add them into recipes or eat them as you would a typical fruit.
You can also use freeze-dried fruits as a lightweight snack. Throw them into trail mixes or pouches in your camping pack, take them on a car trip or just as a healthy snack. Once you stick them in your mouth, they’ll return to their full glory and taste great. What a great snack!
What do you think?
So, how have you used freeze-dried fruit? Were you surprised when you first tried them and saw how different they were? Comment below and let us know what you are thinking.