Space-based nutrition not only has to be designed with the maximum number of calories available, but also be optimized in terms of water-footprint and included nutrients. Foods that can be grown in a station setting and easily prepared for meals are a bonus for psychological health reasons. Studies have shown that human health deteriorates when sustained on monotonous, flavorless, or effortless diets. Therefore, research has been put into meal preparation and variation that allows astronauts to participate in the creation of their meals as opposed to pulling them out of pre-packaged bags.
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Current Players Working on this Solution:
- Boyce, Brian. "To Boldly Go Where No Food Has Gone Before." Journal of the American Dietetic Association 111.1 (2011): 45-49. Web.
- Perchonok, Michele, and Charles Bourland. "NASA Food Systems: Past, Present, and Future." Nutrition 18.11 (2002): 913-20. Web.