30 Dec '15, 8pm

Army needs volunteers to eat only MREs for 21 days straight

Army needs volunteers to eat only MREs for 21 days straight

A new study into the "gut health" of MREs could lead to changes in the rations in the coming years. (Photo: Rob Schuette/Army) CONNECT TWEET 2 LINKEDIN 78 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Three weeks, nothing but MREs. It's not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it's how Army researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat. The work could even help protect soldiers from sickness while deployed. Here's what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's military nutrition division: 1. "Gut health" goals. Researchers want to learn how MREs effect the trillions of bacteria housed in soldiers' digestive systems — microorganisms that, when fed properly, can benefit overall wellness. By finding a base level of these bacteria under study conditions, researchers ...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/12/30/army-n...

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