EXTENSION CONNECTION: Stock nutritious foods for natural disasters

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM.

Hurricane season has begun, and already we have experienced our first tropical storm — so disaster preparations are paramount.

Many of us struggle with family food decisions during such weather conditions, but remember: eating healthily is just as important as other preparations.

During a disaster, if we don’t eat right, mood swings, hypertension and higher risk of heart attacks are possible. Minimizing consumption of high-sugar, high-fat, high-sodium foods will help stabilize blood sugar levels during stressful times.

Therefore, include healthy food choices while stocking up on disaster supplies.

Have a two-week supply of nonperishable foods throughout the hurricane season. Review your current pantry items and ensure expiration dates are good through December 2013.

Recommended items are as follows.

Canned beans. Any type of bean is a source of fiber and complex carbohydrates.



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