High Energy Biscuits (HEB) are food ration bars containing high-protein cereals and vegetable fat. Because of their high energy-to-weight ratio they are procured by the World Food Programme, the food aid branch of the United Nations, for feeding disaster victims worldwide.[1]

High Energy Biscuits
High Energy Biscuits delivered to Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr
Main ingredientsCereals and vegetable fat

HEBs have been provided to a variety of geographical locations. For example, HEBs were delivered to Georgia after the 2008 South Ossetia war.[2] HEBs were also airlifted to Kenya,[3] and more recently distributed in aid in the 2010 Haiti earthquake,[4] and 80 tonnes of high energy biscuits were delivered to the Tunisian border in response to the Libyan crisis.[5]

HEBs are usually packaged in cardboard boxes weighing 10 kg each.[6]

Composition edit

Per 100 g, HEBs have a minimum of 450 kcal of energy, 4.5% maximum moisture, a minimum of 10-15 g of protein, a minimum of 15 g fat, and 10-15 g sugar at a maximum.[6]

HEBs have the following micronutrients at a minimum per 100 g:[6]

Calcium 250 mg
Magnesium 150 mg
Iron 11 mg
Iodine 75 μg
Folic acid 80 μg
Pantothenic acid 3 mg
Vitamin B1 0.5 mg
Vitamin B2 0.7 mg
Vitamin B6 1.0 mg
Vitamin B12 0.5 μg
Niacin 6 mg
Vitamin C 20 mg
Vitamin A-retinol 250 μg
Vitamin D 1.9 μg
Vitamin E 5.0 mg

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Em5 Aid-High Energy Biscuits". Em5aid.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  2. ^ "WFP continues relief efforts in the Caucasus | WFP - Latest news - News - in Depth". Archived from the original on 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  3. ^ "High energy biscuits airlifted to Kenya to feed 200,000 flood victims". Archived from the original on August 13, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  4. ^ [1] [dead link]
  5. ^ [2] Archived March 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c "High Energy Biscuits" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2008.

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