What do soldiers around the world eat?
What do soldiers around the world eat? A pile of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) lies on the floor at a compound. (Thinkstock)
What do soldiers around the world eat?
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No matter who they're fighting for, soldiers around the world have something very basic in common. They need to eat.
 
Perhaps unsurprisingly, field rations, known among U.S. soldiers as "Meals, Ready to Eat," or "MREs," have a pretty bad reputation among the troops. They have to rely on the freeze-dried, vacuum-sealed meals while out on patrol or on the battlefield. While no one expects field rations to provide a five-star dining experience, many militaries do what they can to give their soldiers a decent meal. And that is whether it's serving traditional fare or measuring how eating MREs can affect their troops' health.

For American soldiers, Army-issued MREs come packed with everything soldiers need for a solid 1,200-calorie meal. They include several courses, beverages, flameless heating elements and utensils. But the Army isn't only concerned about fueling its soldiers. It wants them to enjoy their meal, as well.
 
"What is nutrition if you don't consume the food?" Army research dietitian Holly McClung says in a statement. "We need ways to keep warfighters interested in and excited about eating in the field after they have been training and eating MREs for several days."
 
The U.S. Army put out a call for volunteers. The Army wanted to find out who was willing to survive solely off of MREs for almost a month. It is an attempt to see how the field rations might affect the delicate ecosystem of gut bacteria in the digestive system. After all, considering that MREs have to meet a laundry list of requirements, such as being able to survive a 1,250-foot parachute drop and stay edible for up to 3 1/2 years in temperatures of up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it stands to reason that officers would want to know how these specific modifications might affect their troops health. This is according to reporter Emanuella Grinberg for CNN.
 
"Interactions between the millions of bacteria living in our gut and what we eat is a very important factor in gut health. But we don't know how MRE foods interact with those bacteria to impact gut health," McClung says in a statement. "Ultimately, discovering how eating MREs influences gut bacteria and gut health will help our efforts to continually improve the MRE."

Studying how eating MREs affect soldiers' microbiomes is one way that U.S. Army officials are trying to keep their troops healthy. The Army also does what it can to make sure that soldiers aren't eating the same meals over and over again. MREs cover a wide range of food, from spaghetti Bolognese to caffeine-infused beef jerky, David Whelan reports for Munchies. Army researchers even unveiled what some call the "holy grail of MRE’s."  It is pizza.
 
While the U.S. Army might offer one of the largest varieties of menu choices for its MREs, most countries try to offer their soldiers something that resembles their homeland's cuisine. South Korean soldiers get treated to bibimbap and kimchi. French fighters are offered deer pâté and duck confit. The range of food varies greatly. Colombian soldiers mostly live off of rice and beans, while the Italian Army issues its fighters a 40-percent alcohol "breakfast shot," Whelan writes.
 
"When you're in the deployed environment, it tends to be fear and the monotonous. So the only thing you have to look forward to is the chow," Army Materiel Command director Bill Bigelow tells C.J. Lin for Stars and Stripes. "And if it's monotonous chow, that just adds to your misery."

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Why don't soldiers everywhere eat the same thing?
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COMMENTS (63)
  • sydneyb1-ric
    5/16/2016 - 04:24 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because they are in different places with different food sources. Like one soldier could be somewhere where they eat only eat sea food. They also provide food that " resembles their homeland's cuisine." Like how soldiers who came from Korea had gotten served the kind of food that they usually eat.

  • riannas-ric
    5/16/2016 - 04:25 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same food. This is because the food that they eat is supposed to make the soldiers feel at home. Different countries eat different foods. "Most countries try to offer their soldiers
    something that resembles their homeland's cuisine." That is why soldiers everywhere don't eat the same foods.

  • tiaj-ric
    5/16/2016 - 04:28 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because they don't want to get used to it. If you eat the same food over and over again, you will get used to it. You will eventually get tired of eating the food. The Army wants the soldiers to enjoy their food, not feel forces like they have ti eat it. Which they do if they want to live.

  • briannap1-ric
    5/16/2016 - 04:28 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because of the impact it has on the stomach health. They want the soldiers to have a nutritious meal, but at the same time, they want them to enjoy it. They have to make sure that these meals can survive in certain temperatures. These meals also need to be safe for the army as well.

  • kristinaj-ric
    5/16/2016 - 06:05 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because every place has different resources.So not every place has the right or enough resources to make the saem food for soldiers. Also most countries offer something that soldiers might have been common in their country. "While the U.S. Army might offer one of the largest varieties of menu choices for its MREs, most countries try to offer their soldiers something that resembles their homeland's cuisine. South Korean soldiers get treated to bibimbap and kimchi. French fighters are offered deer pâté and duck confit. The range of food varies greatly. Colombian soldiers mostly live off of rice and beans, while the Italian Army issues its fighters a 40-percent alcohol "breakfast shot," Whelan writes.". And not every country has the same menu.

  • jazlynt-1-ric
    5/16/2016 - 07:07 p.m.

    soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because maybe they just want to pack food that they like and are uses too. In the article it says "But the Army isn't only concerned about fueling its soldiers. It wants them to enjoy their meal, as well." If all soldiers everywhere eat the same thing then most likely most of them wouldn't like the food that they were being served. It also says in the article "South Korean soldiers get treated to bibimbap and kimchi. French fighters are offered deer pâté and duck confit. The range of food varies greatly. Colombian soldiers mostly live off of rice and beans, while the Italian Army issues its fighters a 40-percent alcohol "breakfast shot," Whelan writes." And that is why soldiers from all over don't eat the same thing.

  • skyeh-ric
    5/17/2016 - 01:21 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because of where the soldiers are from. For example; "most countries try to offer their soldiers something that resembles their homeland's cuisine.". Like people from France, could get foods from their own country. Also, not all soldiers have the same resources as other soldiers.

  • biancat-ric
    5/17/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    Soldiers don't eat the same thing because when they eat the same thing they get used to that food.They are also trying to give them something resembles to their homeland's. In the article it said"Most countries try to offer their soldiers something that resembles their homeland cuisine". That's why the soldiers don't eat the same thing everywhere.

  • diond-ric
    5/17/2016 - 01:32 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because different cultures eat different kinds of food. Another reason why soldiers everywhere eat the same thing because they may not like other cultures food. Another reason that soldiers everywhere do not eat the same thing is that the soldiers may be allergic to the other cultures food. Another reason why soldiers everywhere do not eat the same thing is because different make their foods different even though it could be the same thing different places make things different. That is why different countries eat different foods in the army.

  • joed-ric
    5/17/2016 - 01:36 p.m.

    Soldiers everywhere don't eat the same thing because their country wants to resemble something that represents their homelands cuisine. Each soldier's country has different foods that they eat and grow, so in battle, they want their soldiers to represent what they do or eat. Also country has different lands for growing different crops, which kind of forces them to grow a certain type of food. Most countries also have different incomes for money which causes the state to allow different foods to be entered into each person's gut which effect's them during battle. In the article it says ''While the U.S. Army might offer one of the largest varieties of menu choices for its MREs, most countries try to offer their soldiers something that resembles their homeland's cuisine.'' Also ''It is an attempt to see how the field rations might affect the delicate ecosystem of gut bacteria in the digestive system.''

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