Are Peanuts a Good Survival Food?


(Modern – In a survival situation, peanuts can provide which of the following?

• Protein

• Long shelf life

• Vitamin E

• All of the above

Answer: All of the above. Here’s why…

When stockpiling food for a survival situation, choosing foods that are easy to store with long shelf lives is essential. Selecting foods that provide the nutrients needed to maintain the body is equally important. While beans and rice are popular staples in prepper pantries, other foods arguably have a place on the shelves. One such food is the peanut.

These should be avoided if someone in the household has a peanut allergy. If no one in the home or survival group is allergic to peanuts, then they are a great addition to any stockpile. Here’s why.

Easy to Store

Vacuum-sealed roasted peanuts can last a year or longer in storage, especially under optimal conditions. Add the fact that many peanuts come packaged in cans, so they can easily be stacked in the pantry. This also makes it easy to build a can-rotating system for stockpiles of peanuts.

Peanuts Are Packed With Nutrients

According to, peanuts are a fantastic source of plant-based protein. In addition, peanuts contain a high amount of fat and carbs.

Peanuts also contain the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin E
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Folate (Vitamin B9)
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

In short, peanuts are a great addition to any survival pack or prepper pantry (provided you’re not allergic to them). While they won’t provide all the nutritional requirements to sustain a human body, they’re an excellent place to start.

When it comes to stockpiling survival food, the conditions of the storage location will determine how long food stays good. To see what the optimal conditions are, check out this article.

~ Here’s to Your Survival!

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