Evaluation of the Ration, Cold Weather during a 10-Day Cold Weather Field Training Exercise
Final rept. Feb 1986-Apr 1987
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA
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The Ration, Cold Weather RCW was compared with the Meal, Ready-to- Eat MRE during a 10-day cold weather training exercise. The results of the field study indicate that the RCW was more acceptable to troops than the MRE in terms of taste, looks, amount of food, and variety. Moderate negative energy balance and moderate dehydration were evidenced in soldiers in both ration groups. Substituting and entree for one of the less popular sweet items should enhance caloric intake, and substituting popular soups and beverages, such as chicken soup and cider for the unpopular fruit soup may encourage fluid consumption. The composition of the RCW resulted in lower protein and sodium intake by soldiers in the RCW group when compared to intake by soldiers in the MRE group. Thus, the study also demonstrates that the RCW may have a nutritional advantage over the MRE by minimizing water demand in the field.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition