November 06 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2020 Rating: 4 Hot
For those emergency situations where food might be scarce (or even destroyed by enemy fire) comes the Meal Ready to Take (MRT), a device loaded with enough food pills to sustain life for a week. Depress the top button for a full-sized meal.
Although we are told it time and again, not very many of us prepare for disasters. Likewise, soldiers in the field trust that they’ll have enough food in their backpack or vehicle to last them the duration of the mission. So how many water bottles do you have in your place in case of emergency? A half gallon at best? And food? It’s for this reason the MRT is essential to any disaster preparedness kit and in the field of battle.
Inside each pill is enough vitamins and nutrients to constitute about half a meal for a person on a 2,000 Calories a day diet. While it may not feel like you’re eating a meal due to the size (your stomach will still gnaw at itself), you’ll still notice a difference in your energy levels. Your stomach may be empty but your body is still getting the sustenance it needs to survive.
Where does the rest of the meal come from?
The MRT uses chemicals to metabolize the fat stored in the users own body for energy needs. The natural process of using ones stored body fat can take forever in starvation situations (a person can go about a month without eating but is barely functional). What the MRT does is break up small stores of fat to be used in emergency situations only (using it longer than two weeks could result in death).
The boost given by your own body fat and the vitamins and nutrients inside the pill is enough to help stuck soldiers last that extra week behind enemy lines. It gives people in natural disaster areas a needed boost while they wait for FEMA to show up a week later. Basically, it turns your body into a walking energy source for yourself. Maybe next time you go to war you won’t have to worry about that beer gut, it could save your life.
When might we see this come into production?
Best guess is 2020. Although food in pill form is eventually possible, natural human aversion to non-natural foods has set research back decades. The real key is for scientists to find a way to metabolize the fat stored in the persons body. Of course, if they discover that, people will be less interested in a food pill and more interested in easily dropping weight. That’ll be one rich scientist.