Nutrient Composition of Rations for Short-Term, High-Intensity Combat Operations

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National Academies Press, Dec 9, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 462 pages
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Recognizing the importance of good nutrition for physical and mental status, the Department of Defense asked the Institute of Medicine to guide the design of the nutritional composition of a ration for soldiers on short-term, high-stress missions. Nutrient Composition of Rations for Short-Term, High-Intensity Combat Operations considers military performance, health concerns, food intake, energy expenditure, physical exercise, and food technology issues. The success of military operations depends to a large extent on the physical and mental status of the individuals involved. Appropriate nutrition during assault missions is a continuous challenge mainly due to diminished appetites of individuals under stress. Many less controllable and unpredictable factors, such as individual preferences and climate, come into play to reduce appetite. In fact, soldiers usually consume about half of the calories needed, leaving them in a state called ‚€œnegative energy balance.‚€ The consequences of being in negative energy balance while under these circumstances range from weight loss to fatigue to mental impairments. An individual‚€™s physiological and nutritional status can markedly affect one‚€™s ability to maximize performance during missions and may compromise effectiveness. With the number of these missions increasing, the optimization of rations has become a high priority.

 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
15
2 Answers to the Militarys Questions
30
3 General Considerations and Summary of the Ration Design
133
Appendixes
157
B Workshop Papers
162
C Biographical Sketches of Workshop Speakers
422
D Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff
431
E Acronyms and Abbreviations
438
F Glossary
444
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