January 1, 2016
According to an Army Times article here: Military wants volunteers for 3-week all-MRE diet, the military is looking for volunteers to participate in a study where they eating nothing but MREs for 3 weeks. The goal of the study is to see how MRE’s affect the bacteria housed in a soldier’s digestive system – and what nutrients might be added to MRE’s to improve their effectiveness.
How to join the study
You can find the detailed requirements in this link, but in short, participants must:
- Be within a reasonable drive to Natick, Massachusetts
- Be willing to go without anything but MREs, water and black coffee for three weeks — no other food or drink, including no alcohol.
- Be willing to give blood, urine and fecal samples.
- Not have a history of gastrointestinal problems.