Tuesday, April 14, 2015
What American has not eaten Spam?
Spam was introduced by Hormel foods slightly before World War II and as a result of its crisis-mode perfection during that war, it became known around the world.
In theory, Spam is made from pork shoulder meat and ham, with salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite added in as a preservative. Natural gelatin forms during cooking in its tins on the production line.
Spam is made of safe, but non-gourmet meat.
A can of Spam contains 1054 calories. Not bad.
A can of Spam contains 88.4% of your daily need for protein. Not bad.
A can of Spam contains 139.4% of your daily intake of fat. Uh oh! Not so good.
A can of Spam contains 194% of your daily intake of sodium. Definitely not good.
A can of Spam contains 78% of your daily cholesterol. Definitely not good, either.
So why have it in your pantry?
It’s simple really. Spam is a good source of nutrition in a jam. It can be eaten cold because it is fully cooked.
It can be cubed and stir-fried with canned vegetables to create a meal when resources are limited.
If the can is unopened, Spam will last and last and last.
It may be a health nightmare for sodium, fat, and cholesterol, but it is a crisis-moment miracle.
While other canned meats—like chicken breast—are slightly better as emergency protein sources, Spam is cheap.
Having a couple cans in one’s preparedness pantry simply could not hurt.
Besides, for many Americans of my age (54), Spam is a comfort food.
It a crisis, comfort is a good thing.
Get some Spam today, people.