High Energy Biscuits
High Energy Biscuits are wheat
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A biscuit is a baked, edible, and commonly flour-based product. The term is used to apply to two distinctly different products in North America and the Commonwealth Nations....

s containing high-protein
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s and vegetable fat. Because of their high energy-to-weight ratio they are procured by the World Food Programme
World Food Programme
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, the food aid branch of the United Nations
United Nations
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, for feeding disaster victims worldwide.

HEBs have been provided to a variety of geographical locations. For example, HEBs have been provided to Georgia
Georgia (country)
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 after the 2008 South Ossetia war
2008 South Ossetia war
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. HEBs were also airlifted to Kenya
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, and more recently distributed in aid in the 2010 Haiti earthquake
2010 Haiti earthquake
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, as well as 80 tonnes of high energy biscuits have been delivered to the Tunisian border in response to the Libyan crsis.

HEBs are usually packaged in cardboard boxes weighting 10 kg each.


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.

HEBs have the following micronutrients at a minimum per 100 g:
  • Calcium: 250 mg
  • Magnesium: 150 mg
  • Iron: 11 mg
  • Iodine: 75 mcg
  • Folic acid: 80 mcg
  • Pantothenic acid: 3 mg
  • Vitamin B1: 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin B2: 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 1.0 mg
  • Vitamin B12: 0.5 mcg
  • Niacin: 6 mg
  • Vitamin C: 20 mg
  • Vitamin A-retinol: 250 mcg
  • Vitamin D: 1.9 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 5.0 mg

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