U.S. Marine Corps recruits eat Meals,Ready-To-Eat at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Sept 4, 2019. A study published in October 2019 found that eating only MREs for 21 days has hardly any negative impact on gut microbiota and digestion. YAMIL CASARREAL/U.S. MARINE CORPS
U.S. Marine Corps recruits eat Meals,Ready-To-Eat at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Sept 4, 2019. A study published in October 2019 found that eating only MREs for 21 days has hardly any negative impact on gut microbiota and digestion. YAMIL CASARREAL/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Don't blame MREs for your gastrointestinal discomfort, Army scientists say

by J. P. Lawrence
Stars and Stripes

Consuming nothing but Meals Ready-to-Eat for three weeks may not be the most appetizing thing to do, but a study by Army scientists has found that it doesn’t harm gut health.

That may come as a surprise to anyone whose stomach has rumbled after eating the highly processed military rations for just one day, let alone 21, which is the maximum time the Army says MREs should be the sole source of subsistence for soldiers.

“It’s not MREs underlying a lot of anecdotal reports of gastrointestinal discomfort,” said Dr. J. Philip Karl, a scientist and research dietitian at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and lead author on the study published in this month’s Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Service members usually eat MREs when they’re training or on a mission, in harsh terrain, under stress and possibly overseas, where hygiene might not be at high standards, Karl said in a phone interview. They may also be dehydrated, he said.

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