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Spam as a survival food

Is spam the perfect survival food? That question was asked in this forum thread about spam.  It seems that most people like talking about spam – whether its fried, cooked, cold, right out of the can,,,,,,, most people will have something to say about it. Even if they say its so nasty they would never eat it, that is still something they had to say.

Can of spam classic net weight – 340 grams (I dont know if that net weight includes the metal can).
Serving size – 56 grams
790mg of sodium per serving

340/56 = 6.071

6.071 servings per can X 790 mg of sodium = 4,802.5mg of sodium for a can of spam.

Source on weight and sodium is from the Spam website.

Three cans of spam classic a day- 1 for breakfast, lunch and dinner would provide around 3,240 calories and somewhere around 10,500 – 14,500 mg of sodium.

Pay attention to that 14.5 grams, that is 14,500 milligrams – which is 6.041X the recommended daily allowance of salt.  The USDA Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Sodium intake is no more than 2,400 milligrams – but that is for a healthy adult with no health problems.  Race also plans a factor in your sodium intake, it seems that salt affects blacks and whites differently.

If you have health problem like high blood pressure or heart disease, your recommended daily intake may be more like 1,400 mg.

So lets say that your have stockpiled lots of spam for a disaster, and your overweight and have high blood pressure. Eating 10,500 – 14,500 milligrams of salt everyday might just mean that your eating your way to an early grave.

If you have a health issue, be sure to talk with your doctor and get some first hand advice as to what your sodium intake should be.   Lets not stockpile food that could kill us.

*weights and measurements should be considered an estimate.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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