High Energy Biscuits

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High energy biscuits
US Navy 071203-N-1831S-159 Boxes of relief supplies are piled near Bangladeshi citizens affected by Tropical Cyclone Sidr.jpg
High energy biscuits delivered to Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr
Type Biscuit
Main ingredients Cereals and vegetable fat
Cookbook: High energy biscuits  Media: High energy biscuits

High energy biscuits (HEB) are wheat biscuits 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]

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]


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]


  1. ^ "Em5 Aid-High Energy Biscuits". Em5aid.com. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  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. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ [3] 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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