Combat Nutrition: Feeding the Troops – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

A new compression technology, sonic compression, can help improve the texture of dried ration foods. Instead of just drying and squishing food, Moody said, the new technology applies sonic waves during compression that fuse food molecules together. “So, instead of a crumbly product,” Moody said, “you have more of a solid food bar.” Some tricks of the industrial trade used to smooth out compact energy bars – adding syrups and binders, for example – tend to add non-nutritional bulk, as well as unhealthy sugars. “We definitely don’t want to go that route,” Moody said. “So, by adding sonic energy, we can avoid adding some of those ingredients, while still allowing warfighters to eat food out of their hands without it crumbling all over the place.”

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