Ration Comparisons

I thought I’d gather information on various Lifeboat Ration bars and one non ration bar. Putting together the nutrtitonal information side-by-side (as best I could) opens my eyes a bit. It helps to have some sort of comparison chart. Please forgive the presentation – it’s not my strong point. I hope this helps some of you in your decisions as to BOB components and such.

Here’s MainePrepper’s YouTube video on the Datrex. Compare the video against the info below and see how something can come across great until it meets reality.


Mainstay Datrex MayDay S.O.S. Food Bars Millennium bars
KOSHER, DoD approved, Good -40 to 300 deg LEMON LEMON
Nutritional Information Nutritional Information Nutritional InformationServing Size: 3oz. 85g Servings Per Container: 6 (2400) Nutritional InformationServing size: 0.161 lbs (73 grams) Serving per Packet 9 Nutritional Information
Calories 400
Calories from fat 210 Daily Value*
Fat 23g 36%
Sat fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Sugar 14g
Protein 3gVitamin A 50%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 50%
Iron 10%
Thiamin 15%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 30%
Vitamin D 50%
Vitamin E 25%
Vitamin B-6 90%
Folic Acid 30%
Vitamin B-12 20%
Phosphorus 40%
Magnesium 30%
Pantothentic Acid 100%
Fat 10g 26%
Sat fat 2g 21%
Mono-Unsaturated 7g 65%
Poly-Unsaturated 1g 14%
Cholesterol .378 gm
Sodium .75 mg <1%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 55%
Protein 7%Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Thiamin 8%
Riboflavin 5%
Niacin 4%
Calories 400
Calories from Fat 150  Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Total Carb 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 7g
Trans Fatty Acids 0gVitamin A 100%
Vitamin C 100%
Vitamin D 100%
Vitamin E 100%
Vitamin B5 100%
Vitamin B12 100%
Iron 4%
Thiamin 100%
Niacin 100%
Folate 100%
Riboflavin 100%
Pantothenic Acid 100%
Biotin 100%
Iodine 100%
Copper 100%
Zinc 100%
Calories 400
Protein 3g
Carbohydrate 41g
Fat 28g
Saturated fatty acids 10g
Mono-unsaturated F/A 7m
Poly-unsaturated F/A 9g
Sodium 48gPercentage U.S. RDA
Protein 5%Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 15%
Thiamine 15%
Riboflavin 15%
Niacin  15%
Calories 400
Calories from Fat 160 Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Trans. Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber less than 1g 2%
Sugars 33g
Protein 8gVitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 15%
Thiamin 10%
Riboflavin 20%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%
Niacin 15%

Ingredients:Enriched flour, (added Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, B6, B12, Niacin, Iron, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorous),Vegetable Shortening, (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cotton seed oils),Granulated Sugar, Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Natural Lemon Flavor, Artificial Butter Flavor, Artificial Vanilla Flower, (Tantrazine, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Red #40), Artificial Color, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Gamma /Delta Tocopheroil as a Natural Antioxidant Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Shortening, Cane Sugar,Water, Coconut and Salt. Ingredients:Enriched Flour, Vegetable Shortening, Sugar, Corn Syrup, SoyFlour, Cornstarch, Potassium Sorbate, (Vitamins listed above),Artificial Lemon Flavoring, Artificial Vanilla Flavoring, Artificial Butter Flavoring, Artificial Coloring (Egg Shade). Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Shortening, Cane and Corn Sugars, DriedCoconut, Corn Starch, and Corn Syrup.Additives Used: Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Lecithin as Antioxidant: Calcium Propionate as Antimycotic; Citric Acid, Guar Gum and Salt as Formulation Aids; and Multi-Vitamin Premix Ingredients:- Wheat flour, Vegetable shortening, Sugar, Coconut, Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors.- Multi-Vitamin Supplement and GRAS Additives; Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate as Antioxidant, Calcium Propionate as Antimycotic, Citric Acid, Guar Gum and Salt as Formulation Aids.


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