But it probably won’t fix the problem.
Based on several stories in this week’s news, this proposal:
Bedtime snack to optimize bone health, give trainees a fighting chance,
is now being fielded. The Army is claiming that new recruits are
showing up with Vitamin D deficiency, but there are also hints that
they think a big part of the problem is having been sedentary (and with
no inquiry into the roots of either issue).
I haven’t found a legible image of the NF panel for this stuff (nor for the new
Pizza MRE or the new CCAR), but a spec for the PRB (Performance Readiness Bar) can be found here: PCR-P-049.
What they’ve added is 1400-2000 IU of D3, and 850-1100 mg of calcium (as carbonate), to
what is otherwise a junk food bar. It appears to be over 60% simple sugars or otherwise
sky-high glycemic carbs, and deminimus fat (which they would foul up if they added it anyway).
Grains, at least, are limited to some rice.
The D3 is probably helpful. The CaCO3 is probably going to end up everywhere but bones,
perhaps leading to these soldiers being mustered out on statins some years hence.
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine needs to figure out that their enemy
is not the Xbox, but rather USDA-FNS, the FDA and the DGA.
It looks like the main progress since the K-Ration of WWII was removing the cigarettes. The “K” in K-ration, by the way, stood for Keys,
as in Ancel Keys, which might shed some light on why military nutrition has been so
screwed up for so long.
Bob Niland [disclosures]