Why Food Storage Series: Health Benefits

As stated in the introduction post to our “WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?” series, we have found there are 5 main reasons people store food:

1. Natural Disasters
2. Economic Crisis
3. Health Benefits
4. Everyday Emergency
5. Religious Reasons

Today we will be talking about the third reason, Health Benefits, and encourage you to visit our Facebook Discussion on this topic. We learn so much more from each others real life experiences and opinions, so come on over and join the conversation. (You don’t need to be a member of facebook to read the discussions). We also have started an entire section on Healthy Food Storage that you can check out for more details.

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Here’s a confession – when we first started the blog, Julie was always a little bit sad that when it came time to start using and talking about the Long Term Food Storage Foods, she’d have to pretend to like it all.  She was under the impression that all Long Term Foods were for was making cookies and cakes – ya bread too, but mostly desserts.  While desserts are delicious,  you can’t live on them alone and they have a negative effect on fitting into some of your clothes… ahem… haha

Well now, she openly admits and is happy she was completely WRONG! Food Storage can be as healthy (or not) as you want it to be.  So don’t be so afraid of those Long Term Food Storage Items anymore – here are just a few ways they can have Health Benefits:

Grains- It’s recommended by the USDA that half of our daily grain intake consists of WHOLE grains. Storing grains such as wheat is one of the most effective ways of getting whole grains in your diet.  Here’s an example of how much better for you whole grains can be. When whole wheat is processed into refined white flour, the following nutrients are lost:
o Half of the beneficial unsaturated fatty acids
o Virtually all of the vitamin E
o Fifty percent of the calcium
o Seventy percent of the phosphorus
o Eighty percent of the iron
o Ninety eight percent of the magnesium
o Fifty to 80 percent of the B vitamins

We like to use our WonderMill wheat grinders to make pizza, pancakes, bread, and all sorts of things with our whole wheat.

Legumes- Legumes are the magical fruit. You can learn more about their health benefits in our post we did about them.   They are low calorie,  low fat, high in protein, high in fiber etc.  While they are a little more intimidating to get started with, once you start using them and learning more about them you’ll find how versatile they can be! You can use mashed beans to replace the fat in recipes, ground dried beans to make bean flour for a very low-fat white sauce, or even sprout legumes to provide a healthy vegetable options. Sprouting a seed enhances its already high nutritional value (i.e. Oats when sprouted contain 600% more vitamin C).

Misc Baking Ingredients- The beauty of these long term food storage items is portion control! When you buy baked goods or processed foods you have no way of controlling how much sugar, preservatives, or salt go in your foods. When you’re making your foods from scratch you can control how much, or how little fits your families tastes and lifestyle.

Allergies or Other Dietary Restrictions- If you or a family member has food allergies or other dietary restrictions, food storage is even more important for you.  You have complete control over what goes into your cooking.  By making it from scratch you are saving lots of money over specialized foods from the grocery store.  And also, in case of a food shortage, you will already have foods on hand that are ok for your family to eat. Check out our Food Storage and Allergies post for more info on this topic.


  • mcjj4

    I cannot express how glad I am to have found your site. I have been searching, trying to learn about food storage due to the unsettling fear I have about our economy and the way the dollar is falling so fast. My husband has been put on alert that he may be layed off, and I lost my job last year. In searching, I always found a ton of sites with scary disasters, fire behind a guy in a gas mask toting military meal packages! I know my family is not going to handle eating MRE's. I found your site, and finally my blood pressure calmed as I learned I could do this! I really could do this, and i didn't have to be scrared out of my whits doing it! Thank you so much for the work you do. I ordered the cook book and look forward on getting my 3 month supply up and running very quickly!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot express how glad I am to have found your site. I have been searching, trying to learn about food storage due to the unsettling fear I have about our economy and the way the dollar is falling so fast. My husband has been put on alert that he may be layed off, and I lost my job last year. In searching, I always found a ton of sites with scary disasters, fire behind a guy in a gas mask toting military meal packages! I know my family is not going to handle eating MRE’s. I found your site, and finally my blood pressure calmed as I learned I could do this! I really could do this, and i didn’t have to be scrared out of my whits doing it! Thank you so much for the work you do. I ordered the cook book and look forward on getting my 3 month supply up and running very quickly!

  • mcjj4

    I cannot express how glad I am to have found your site. I have been searching, trying to learn about food storage due to the unsettling fear I have about our economy and the way the dollar is falling so fast. My husband has been put on alert that he may be layed off, and I lost my job last year. In searching, I always found a ton of sites with scary disasters, fire behind a guy in a gas mask toting military meal packages! I know my family is not going to handle eating MRE's. I found your site, and finally my blood pressure calmed as I learned I could do this! I really could do this, and i didn't have to be scrared out of my whits doing it! Thank you so much for the work you do. I ordered the cook book and look forward on getting my 3 month supply up and running very quickly!

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoy reading your website. I have been in a situation where my family of 5 actually lived off of our food storage (for 4 months), it was a trial and a great blessing. Keeping up to date with you gals, and continually learning more tips has kept my love and desire to not only have food storage, but to utilize it each day! I am just starting to post on my blog “Fantastik Fun with Food Storage” each Friday, largely in part because of the postive impact and inspiration you gals have been to me!
    Thanks so much,

    Jen

  • momwhats2eat

    I really enjoy reading your website. I have been in a situation where my family of 5 actually lived off of our food storage (for 4 months), it was a trial and a great blessing. Keeping up to date with you gals, and continually learning more tips has kept my love and desire to not only have food storage, but to utilize it each day! I am just starting to post on my blog “Fantastik Fun with Food Storage” each Friday, largely in part because of the postive impact and inspiration you gals have been to me!
    Thanks so much,

    Jen

  • Anonymous

    Especially for folks who are concerned about how to continue getting nutrients from fruits and vegetables from their food storage in an emergency, freeze dried foods are a great way to do just that. Freeze dried foods preserve 90-95% of the nutrients present in their fresh counterparts, and are an affordable and easy way to store fruits and veggies longterm. They’re even great for everyday use.

  • Add bread waiting in the bread machine with your crock-pot and you've got Heaven……

  • Add bread waiting in the bread machine with your crock-pot and you've got Heaven……

  • I have something even better than the crock pot…it's called a husband who is such a good cook to come home from work to…

  • I have something even better than the crock pot…it's called a husband who is such a good cook to come home from work to…

  • ah yes

  • ah yes

  • Isn't that great when you walk in and the crock pot has been going all day? 🙂 It's like having a personal chef to cook for you! You go Girl! 🙂

  • Isn't that great when you walk in and the crock pot has been going all day? 🙂 It's like having a personal chef to cook for you! You go Girl! 🙂

  • Legumes should be a part of every busy family's meal plan. 5 minutes the night before, 5 minutes in the morning, & dinner is in the crock pot when you get home. Smells wonderful and is SUCH a relief when you walk in the door. Tonight I was driving home wondering what I was going to make for dinner. Walked in the door and remembered that I had put on some beans this morning – dinner is served! AND if you didn't get them going in the AM?? split peas (and other lentils) take a very short amount of time (20 minutes) to cook start to finish.

  • Legumes should be a part of every busy family's meal plan. 5 minutes the night before, 5 minutes in the morning, & dinner is in the crock pot when you get home. Smells wonderful and is SUCH a relief when you walk in the door. Tonight I was driving home wondering what I was going to make for dinner. Walked in the door and remembered that I had put on some beans this morning – dinner is served! AND if you didn't get them going in the AM?? split peas (and other lentils) take a very short amount of time (20 minutes) to cook start to finish.