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1) Gives You Lots of Calories
These bars come in blocks that give you about 3600 calories per block. But the bars come in individual packaging each giving you about 200 - 400 calories per bar so you can easily peel them off and eat them as you get hungry.
Each block will last you about 3 days (1200 calories per day) - which is what makes them so popular in 72 hour survival kits.
Also note that these bars are very compact and don't take up much space. So again, instead of lugging a fridge with you, you can carry a lot of high energy, healthy calories in these compact bars.
2) Non-thirst Provoking
Survival bars are made with lower protein (and higher carbs) to be non-thirst provoking. Protein digestion requires more water so you'll get thirsty if you're eating more protein.
This is handy for situations where you might not have access to a lot of water (life boat emergency kits for example.)
3) Long 5+ Year Shelf Life
These bars are sealed in individual packages to give you a long 5 year shelf life. So you really don't need to worry about replacing them out every year - which could get expensive.
Where To Buy?
You want to find survival food bars that meet the guidelines of professional organizations like the U.S. Coast Guard or Department of Defense. There are a couple of these on the market:
These also come in 3600 calorie units. But each bar in the block gives you 400 calories (with 9 bars) instead of 200 calories as with the Datrex bars.
These food bars are approved by the US Coast Guard and Department of Defense. These have a very popular vanilla/lemon flavored 'cookie dough' taste and have been rated #1 for taste according to Nitropak.
Mainstay is Kosher-approved and it meets the dictates for Halal. Another benefit is that each bar exceeds the RDA requirements of vitamins and minerals.
You can buy them individually or by the case here.
Survival bars (also called emergency rations) are high calorie, compact bars that people store for several types of uses.
They may be used by outdoorsmen like hunters or campers to take with them on the trail. You may want to add them to your emergency food storage. They're also a great addition to a bug-out bag or 72 hour survival kit
Here are some of the benefits of survival food bars along with where you can buy them online: