Nutrition: good food, good health.

In modern language meaning, ‘healthy’ food is assumed to be low fat. But for all of time before now, one needed food with high fat content or one were dead. In fact primary things one needs are salt, sugar, protein and fat. Also many other subtle things like vitamins. After all, Is not the brain, physically a giant ball of cholesterol? And anecdotally to look at the supermarket one can see the most popular isles are containing products offering high amounts of salt sugar and fat.

Apparently meat contains salt, and so carnivores get their salt from meat, and apparently herbivores get salt from vegetables, and eating dirt. There is footage on Youtube of mountain goats climbing up a dam wall to access an area where salt seeps out and they risk life and limb to go up there and lick the salt off the stone dam wall. No salt, means no life. So in worst case scenario one can at least get enough salt from eating meat. If one is near the sea or an inland salt lake one is well supplied.

Beans have a lot of vitamin C and Magnesium. Less chance of scurvy for bean-eaters. Beans also have a lot of calories. Im impressed with beans. They also have a lot of protein. Im also excited about the vitamin C content of potato – it says 32% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) in every 100grams of potato.

Rabbit and Kangaroo are very very very low in fat-content. They have like 1% fat. Thats not enough to sustain life. Still, they have protein and in nature documentaries one sees wolves chasing snow rabbits, so Rabbit must have some value, but I stress they are low in fat. Actually take a look at the iron content of all these meats: You can see Rabbit has a whopping 27% of one’s daily iron requirement in every 100grams.

The traditional farm raised meats Beef, Mutton, Chicken, Duck, Goat, Pork, are all really excellent sources of fat. Beef for example has around 6.5% fat.

The power of such livestock is to turn grass and hay into fat. If one has some extra fat on them and one stops eating, one can burn the fat until its all gone and one will actually survive just fine on that, energy-wise, but one would still need to replenish essential vitamins and so on. If one were 20Kg overweight, in a no-food survival situation, that extra energy might take 3 weeks to burn away. And that is the actual sublime usage of body fat. Fat is energy. Fat is the same to a mammal as a battery is to a battery powered product like an electric shaver, or a torch. Fat is a battery. You got fat then you have energy.

One main concept in diet is how if one has enough of most things, but one lacks just one thing that is an essential thing, then eventually one might perish. For example, sailors of long sea journeys would sometimes die from Scurvy – a lack of vitamin C. They had food, but needed a source of vitamin C. They started bringing pickled cabbage and citrus trees on the long journeys. This solved the Scurvy once and for all. TLDR: Just because one has 1000kg of baked beans or rabbit meat, doesnt mean you can survive on that.

Iodine is another thing that comes to mind. In some parts of the World where there can be uncertain nutrition continuity, one can see people with gigantic bulges under their jaw/neck area, its called a goiter and it is enlarged thyroid glands from lack of iodine. I hear seaweed is the ultimate iodine source, but generally we are talking fish and dairy. Also supermarkets may stock iodised salt.

Looks like Wheat is good for carbohydrates, and surprisingly it also has high amounts of protein and iron. Wheat has fallen out of modern day vogue, but the most common trip to the shops is still to get milk and bread. What actually is wheat? Its a long grass that when in seed, produces the grass seed that we eat ground up to make flower, to make bread and cake and etc.

Another key concept is that someone who is mal-nourished can be known to make poor decisions and to not be able to do much physical work. So good nutrition, in perpetuity, is a virtuous cycle, where good food begets clear thinking and ability to work hard which begets good food…

Further, a good rule of thumb, is if one continues to eat the stuff they usually eat and like, then one will most likely continue to be healthy, even in long sea journeys and prolonged survival situations.

nutrition value of chicken

Nutrition FactsChickenSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14 g21%
Saturated fat 3.8 g19%
Polyunsaturated fat 3 g
Monounsaturated fat 5 g
Cholesterol 88 mg29%
Sodium 82 mg3%
Potassium 223 mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 27 g54%
Vitamin A3%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron7%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-620%
Cobalamin5%Magnesium5%

Beef

Nutrition FactsBeef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, broiledSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Trans fat regulation 1.1 g
Cholesterol 90 mg30%
Sodium 72 mg3%
Potassium 318 mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 26 g52%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron14%
Vitamin D1%Vitamin B-620%
Cobalamin43%Magnesium5%

Pork

Nutrition FactsPork, loin, whole, broiledSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 242
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14 g21%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 6 g
Cholesterol 80 mg26%
Sodium 62 mg2%
Potassium 423 mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 27 g54%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C1%
Calcium1%Iron4%
Vitamin D13%Vitamin B-625%
Cobalamin11%Magnesium7%

Sheep,lamb,mutton:

Nutrition FactsLamb, 1/4″ fat, cookedSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 294
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21 g32%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated fat 9 g
Cholesterol 97 mg32%
Sodium 72 mg3%
Potassium 310 mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 25 g50%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron10%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-65%
Cobalamin43%Magnesium5%

Kangaroo (100g)

Nutrition Information

Calories 98(412 kJ)
% DI*
Protein21.4 g43%
Total fat1.3 g2%
Carbohydrate0 g0%
Sodium40 mg2%
Potassium350 mg
Iron3 mg

Rabbit

Nutrition FactsRabbit MeatSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.5 g5%
Saturated fat 1.1 g5%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated fat 1 g
Cholesterol 123 mg41%
Sodium 45 mg1%
Potassium 343 mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 33 g66%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron27%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-615%
Cobalamin108%Magnesium7%

Duck

Nutrition FactsDuck, cookedSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 337
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28 g43%
Saturated fat 10 g50%
Polyunsaturated fat 3.7 g
Monounsaturated fat 13 g
Cholesterol 84 mg28%
Sodium 59 mg2%
Potassium 204 mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g0%
Dietary fiber 0 g0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 19 g38%
Vitamin A4%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron15%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-610%
Cobalamin5%Magnesium4%

Beans

Nutrition FactsPinto beans, rawSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 347
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.2 g1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 12 mg0%
Potassium 1,393 mg39%
Total Carbohydrate 63 g21%
Dietary fiber 16 g64%
Sugar 2.1 g
Protein 21 g42%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C10%
Calcium11%Iron28%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-625%
Cobalamin0%Magnesium44%

Rice

Nutrition FactsRice, white, long-grain, cookedSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 1 mg0%
Potassium 35 mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 28 g9%
Dietary fiber 0.4 g1%
Sugar 0.1 g
Protein 2.7 g5%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium1%Iron1%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-65%
Cobalamin0%Magnesium3%

Witchetty grubs

Witchetty grubs, for instance, are an ideal survival food, being rich in protein (15% by weight), fat (20%) and energy (~1170 kilojoules per 100 grams). Witchetty grubs are also valuable sources of vitamin B1 and the essential minerals potassium, magnesium and zinc

Potato

Nutrition FactsPotatoSources include: USDA

Amount Per
100 grams
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g0%
Saturated fat 0 g0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 6 mg0%
Potassium 421 mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 17 g5%
Dietary fiber 2.2 g8%
Sugar 0.8 g
Protein 2 g4%
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C32%
Calcium1%Iron4%
Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-615%
Cobalamin0%Magnesium5%

wheat

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size100 g
Amount Per Serving340
Calories
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.5g3 %
   Saturated Fat 0.4g2 %
Sodium 2mg0 %
Total Carbohydrate 72g26 %
   Dietary Fiber 11g39 %
   Sugar 0.4g
Protein 13g26 %
Vitamin D 0.00mcg0 %
Calcium 34.00mg3 %
Iron 3.60mg20 %
Potassium 363mg8 %

Nutrition: good food, good health.

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