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Nutritional Evaluation of a Precooked Dehydrated Diet for Possible Use in Aerospace Systems

Report Number: AMRL TR 65-98
Author(s): K. J. Smith; E. W. Speckmann; Paul A. Lachance; Dorothea W. Dunco
Corporate Author: Miami Valley Hospital Research Department
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1966-10
Pages: 5
Project: 7164
AD Number: AD0674127

Abstract:
The use of precooked dehydrated and bite-sized compressed foods has been proposed for the nutritional support of man during prolonged aerospace missions. The effects of feeding a diet composed completely of these foods were studied in three 42-day experiments utilizing a total of 12 subjects maintained in a controlled environment. The experimental diet was equal in organoleptic acceptability to a diet composed of fresh, canned, and heat-processed foods. The diet form had no effect on subject body weight, nutrient balance, or food digestibility. Subjects did not notice increased gas production or encounter gastrointestinal distress.

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