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Survival Food: Fat Sources For a SHTF Diet

Did you know that we need a daily intake of fat in our diet to survive? Despite what health organizations say about eliminating fats from our diet, in a SHTF reality, this food source will actually serve a purpose in our survival.

Fats are one of the four main food sources that should be in your food pantry. The others are carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins, and minerals. Bear in mind, a 2,000 calorie per day diet equals 67 grams fat and 75 grams protein per day. 30-35 percent of those calories should come from a fat source. No matter how afraid we are of fats, having substantial fat sources in our storage is vital. Here’s why:

  1. Fats are an essential component in any diet for proper vitamin absorption. Specifically, Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats.
  2. Fats also play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair, insulating body organs against shock, maintaining body temperature, and promoting healthy cell function.
  3. They also serve as energy stores for the body.
  4. Fats are also sources of essential fatty acids, which are an important dietary requirement and also serves as a useful buffer towards a host of diseases. (Source [1])
  5. Fats are one of the 4 things you must eat to avoid malnutrition [2].

The following are some fat source considerations for you to add to your short and long-term food storage:

Storing fats are good for short-term emergencies, however, if you are planning for extended or long-term emergencies, it is advised to get your fat sources by natural means. The following list is fat sources that one can get living in a homesteading environment and most importantly, your health will be far better off:

It’s time we got smart about our food storage. We must go beyond storing beans and rice and begin researching the best types of foods to store and why they are so important. Keep the USDA food pyramid [11] in mind and start prepping!