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* ''Series/PlanetOfTheApes'': In "The Trap", Burke shows Urko an advertisement for food pills in a long abandoned and forgotten BART subway station in the ruins of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. [[{{Zeerust}} They were seemingly commonplace in his and Virdon's native time of 1980]]. If a person took three per day, they would not need to eat anything.



* ''Series/PlanetOfTheApes'': In "The Trap", Burke shows Urko an advertisement for food pills in a long abandoned and forgotten BART subway station in the ruins of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. [[{{Zeerust}} They were seemingly commonplace in his and Virdon's native time of 1980]]. If a person took three per day, they would not need to eat anything.


* Those pen cap like things the Jedi wear on their belts in the ''StarWars'' Prequel Trilogy are [[AllThereInTheManual stated]] by WordOfGod to be packages of food pills.

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* Those pen cap like things the Jedi wear on their belts in the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' Prequel Trilogy are [[AllThereInTheManual stated]] by WordOfGod to be packages of food pills.pills.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey's boss Unkar pays her in "portions", which seem to be small slices of organic material in a plastic wrapper. When Rey gets back to her home, she takes out a slice, puts it in a bowl, and adds liquid, whereupon it [[InstantMassJustAddWater instantly grows a small muffin]]. In this case, the use of food pills is clearly intended [[DeconstructedTrope to highlight how unsatisfying such a thing would be in reality]], since they're common enough that even a broke scavenger like Rey has the ingredients to make one a meal, it's a signifier of [[ShowDontTell how poor she is and that Unkar pays her the absolute minimum he can.]] Luke's blue milk from ''Film/ANewHope'' seems positively gourmet by comparison.



* A very dark example is the eponymous ''Film/SoylentGreen'', green wafer-like protein crackers that are the sole source of food for nearly all of humanity. They're supposedly made from sea plankton. Presumably their less nutrition-dense predecessors Soylent Yellow and Soylent Red were, but as the oceans are actually dead, [[ImAHumanitarian the true source of Soylent Green is a hell of a lot less savory]].

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* A very dark example is the eponymous ''Film/SoylentGreen'', green wafer-like protein crackers that are the sole source of food for nearly all of humanity. They're supposedly made from sea plankton. Presumably their less nutrition-dense predecessors Soylent Yellow and Soylent Red were, but as the oceans are actually dead, [[ImAHumanitarian the true source of Soylent Green is a hell of a lot Franchilot less savory]].


** In the years preceding the Second Lebanon War, [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles the IDF]] went to enormous length to avert this, feeding their soldiers what many would agree can be called bona fide delicacies - they may not have been gourmet meals, but they were often quite a fair bit better than what a soldier could get at home. This came back to bite them hard during the war itself, where many of the less experienced soldiers, who were used to eating rich, delicious meals ''refused'' to eat their emergency rations or whatever they could find on the battlefield, finding them too icky. Needless to say, this was a cause for massive embarrassment (and led to the creation of the derogatory term "Milky Soldiers,"[[note]]"Milky" being the name of a brand of Israeli desserts or snacks considered particularly decadent, essentially a cup of chocolate or vanilla pudding with whipped cream and various toppings packed with it[[/note]] from how supposedly the soldiers were given a cup of Milky with every second dinner), and the IDF has since come back to its senses and started feeding their frontline soldiers sensible, nutritious, filling, and moderately tasty food.

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** In the years preceding the Second Lebanon War, [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles the IDF]] went to enormous length to avert this, feeding their soldiers what many would agree can be called bona fide delicacies - they may not have been gourmet meals, but they were often quite a fair bit better than what a soldier could get at home. This came back to bite them hard during the war itself, where many of the less experienced soldiers, who were used to eating rich, delicious meals ''refused'' to eat their emergency rations or whatever they could find on the battlefield, finding them too icky. Needless to say, this was a cause for massive embarrassment (and led to the creation of the derogatory term "Milky Soldiers,"[[note]]"Milky" Soldiers" from how supposedly the soldiers were given a cup of Milky[[note]]this being the name of a brand of Israeli desserts or snacks considered particularly decadent, essentially a cup of chocolate or vanilla pudding with whipped cream and various toppings packed with it[[/note]] from how supposedly the soldiers were given a cup of Milky with every second dinner), and the IDF has since come back to its senses and started feeding their frontline soldiers sensible, nutritious, filling, and moderately tasty food.


*** Because fat ''IS'' very nutritious and calorie-rich, and for a physically active man such as a soldier, it isn't even nearly as harmful for health as for a modern sedentary urbanite,[[note]]Chief health disadvantage of fats is that they tend to accumulate if not consumed by the body, and a modern urbanite of an average lifestyle spends at most about 2200 kcal per day, while consuming about 3200 kcal, leading to obesity and cardiovascular problems. A soldier in the field OTOH can burn off as much as 6800 kcal per day.[[/note]] while being cheap and non-spoiling in a can. Around the world much of the traditional peasant food, created by the people who did a lot of hard physical labor, is a hearty, greasy fare. The main reason obesity runs rampant in modern society is a consequence of technology removing a lot of the hard manual labor with people largely not changing their traditional high-fat diets to fit. See also: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican Pemmican.]]

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*** Because fat ''IS'' very nutritious and calorie-rich, and for a physically active man such as a soldier, it isn't even nearly as harmful for health as for a modern sedentary urbanite,[[note]]Chief health disadvantage of fats is that they tend to accumulate if not consumed by the body, and a modern urbanite of an average lifestyle spends at most about 2200 kcal kilocalories (AKA "capital-C" Calories) per day, while consuming about 3200 kcal, Calories, leading to obesity and cardiovascular problems. A soldier in the field OTOH field, on the other hand, can burn off as much as 6800 kcal Calories per day.[[/note]] while being cheap and non-spoiling in a can. Around the world much of the traditional peasant food, created by the people who did a lot of hard physical labor, is a hearty, greasy fare. The main reason obesity runs rampant in modern society is a consequence of technology removing a lot of the hard manual labor with people largely not changing their traditional high-fat diets to fit. See also: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican Pemmican.]]


* Searching the storage compartment in one's own escape pod, as well as the wrecks of other escape pods and the wreck of the ship the player escaped from in ''VideoGame/{{Subnautica}}'' can yield Nutrient Blocks, a dense processed food and complete source of nutrition and calories that happens to refill the player's hunger bar the most compared to literally any other consumable in the game. Nutrient Blocks plus water make up the standard ration for space explorers in the game's setting, although food resembling "normal" food exists as well and was offered aboard the aforementioned ship before it went down. Nothing is said in-game about how the blocks taste, but their in-game appearance does resemble compressed shredded wheat, or perhaps the kind of food fed to captive rodents and monkeys.



* F-Rations in ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown''. Due to the comics post-apocalyptic setting, the majority of humanity's survivors, especially those living under the yoke of the Syndicate, survive off F-Rations, calory-dense emergency rations left over from the pre-war military. The Syndicate uses their control of the Caloric Reserve to consolidate their power, even if the rations tastes horrible.

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* F-Rations in ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown''. Due to the comics post-apocalyptic setting, the majority of humanity's survivors, especially those living under the yoke of the Syndicate, survive off F-Rations, calory-dense calorie-dense emergency rations left over from the pre-war military. The Syndicate uses their control of the Caloric Reserve to consolidate their power, even if the rations tastes horrible.


** The Hershey company developed a chocolate-based, low volume high calorie ration to include with the survival kit for pilots who eject from their planes. It was intentionally designed to taste bad (the order to the food scientists tasked with designing the chocolate was that it must taste "slightly better than a boiled potato"), so no one would snack on it unless they needed to. Indeed, the food scientists may have done a bit too good of a job on the taste front, as the chocolates turned out to taste so bad that some WWII soldiers would rather risk starvation than eat it.

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** The Hershey company developed a chocolate-based, low volume high calorie ration to include with the survival kit for pilots who eject from their planes. It was intentionally designed to taste bad (the order to the food scientists tasked with designing the chocolate was that it must taste "slightly better than a boiled potato"), so no one would snack on it unless they needed to. Indeed, the food scientists may have done a bit too good of a job on the taste front, as the chocolates turned out to taste so bad that some WWII soldiers would rather risk starvation than eat it.it-- having a texture and firmness somewhere around "brick-like" didn't help, either; a soldier risked breaking his teeth on the stuff unless he shaved off tiny portions with a knife.

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* ''Series/PlanetOfTheApes'': In "The Trap", Burke shows Urko an advertisement for food pills in a long abandoned and forgotten BART subway station in the ruins of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. [[{{Zeerust}} They were seemingly commonplace in his and Virdon's native time of 1980]]. If a person took three per day, they would not need to eat anything.


* WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones episode where Fred borrows from his boss and puts off paying him back parodies this, when the Flinstones family is taken into [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the suspiciously Jetsons-like]] [[TheFuture future]] to show Fred how much interest will accumulate on his debt if he doesn't pay it off. When they're taken to a diner that serves food pills, Fred has two food pills thinking they were puny, then afterwards says he ate too much.

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* WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' episode where "The Long Long Weekend," Fred borrows from his boss and puts off paying him back parodies this, when the Flinstones family is taken into [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the suspiciously Jetsons-like]] [[TheFuture future]] to show Fred how much interest will accumulate on his debt if he doesn't pay it off. When they're taken to a diner that serves food pills, Fred has two food pills thinking they were puny, then afterwards says he ate too much.


** In an early episode of the show, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]], the TARDIS features a vending machine device which produces food in candy-bar form that mimics the flavor and texture of real meals when eaten. It's never seen again.
*** An early companion book to the series by Creator/TerryNation, published in [[TheSixties the 1960's]], elaborates on this. Apparently the hungry TARDIS-dweller types in details of the meal they want (anticipating computer keyboards by at least a decade) and the machine produces what ''looks'' like a bar of chocolate. If the requested meal was bacon and eggs, by some AppliedPhlebotinum, alternate bites of the bar will provide the taste of grilled bacon, then fried egg. The bar has all the calories, protein and vitamins necessary to sustain life. (But nobody ever thinks about dietary fibre?)
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Tomb of the Cybermen"]], Victoria is offered chicken in pill-form by an archaeologist in the distant future. She is rather more reluctant to try it.

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** In an early episode of the show, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]], Destruction,"]] the TARDIS features a vending machine device which produces food in candy-bar form that mimics the flavor and texture of real meals when eaten. It's never seen again.
*** An early companion book to the series by Creator/TerryNation, published in [[TheSixties the 1960's]], 1960s]], elaborates on this. Apparently the hungry TARDIS-dweller types in details of the meal they want (anticipating computer keyboards by at least a decade) and the machine produces what ''looks'' like a bar of chocolate. If the requested meal was bacon and eggs, by some AppliedPhlebotinum, alternate bites of the bar will provide the taste of grilled bacon, then fried egg. The bar has all the calories, protein and vitamins necessary to sustain life. (But nobody ever thinks about dietary fibre?)
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Tomb of the Cybermen"]], Cybermen,"]] Victoria is offered chicken in pill-form by an archaeologist in the distant future. She is rather more reluctant to try it.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks"]], the 22[[superscript:nd]] Century's Earth Controller claims that food in his time is almost invariably in pill form.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E2Smile "Smile"]]: The Doctor and Bill arrive at an empty human colony, where they are served cubes of blue gelatin by the robots that populate the place.
* There is a variant in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': rather than being in pill form, they are about the shape and size of bricks[[note]]On a spaceship, space is at a premium, so highly concentrated foodstuffs would be worth their weight in gold[[/note]] and can feed a large family for a month (Mal: "Longer, if they don't like their kids very much") while simultaneously providing basic vaccinations against disease.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Etta gives a green pill to a hungry Peter in [[Recap/FringeS05E03TheRecordist "The Recordist"]]. She clarifies that it was an "apple".

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks"]], Daleks,"]] the 22[[superscript:nd]] Century's Earth Controller claims that food in his time is almost invariably in pill form.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E2Smile "Smile"]]: The "Smile,"]] the Doctor and Bill arrive at an empty human colony, where they are served cubes of blue gelatin by the robots that populate the place.
* There is a variant in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': rather ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Rather than being in pill form, they are about the shape and size of bricks[[note]]On bricks[[note]]on a spaceship, space is at a premium, so highly concentrated foodstuffs would be worth their weight in gold[[/note]] and can feed a large family for a month (Mal: "Longer, if they don't like their kids very much") while simultaneously providing basic vaccinations against disease.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Etta gives a green pill to a hungry Peter in [[Recap/FringeS05E03TheRecordist "The Recordist"]]. Recordist."]] She clarifies that it was an "apple".


* Literature/CiaphasCain, [[RunningGag HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]] describes Imperial ration bars as 'tasting reassuringly of nothing in particular'.

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* Literature/CiaphasCain, [[RunningGag HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]] describes Imperial ration bars as 'tasting "tasting reassuringly of nothing in particular'.particular."

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**Commando units of certain countries are issued up to ten small Royal Jelly pills, to be consumed when behind enemy lines, for their high energy output and small size.


** Meals for pilots flying the [=U2=] spy plane are chosen for their ability to be pureed or turned into paste and then put in a tube. These are sucked through a straw that is inserted into their helmets as theypilots must remain in fully enclosed space suits to ensure their safety.

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** Meals for pilots flying the [=U2=] spy plane are chosen for their ability to be pureed or turned into paste and then put in a tube. These are sucked through a straw that is inserted into their helmets helmets, as theypilots the pilots must remain in fully enclosed space suits to ensure their safety.

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* In the episode of ''Series/ModernLifeIsGoodish'' titled "Spray Gravy", Dave Gorman examines the idea of food pills, and how the notion has been embodied in the convenience foods and meal replacements available today. He starts with an aerosol spray can of tea, then goes on to the meal replacement product "Huel" (which he suggests is a portmanteau of "Hipster Gruel"). He then breaks down the lunacy of removing all the enjoyable parts about eating by inventing a form of music that compresses all the notes in a song into a short burst of sound. He feigns enthusiasm about this invention, then tries to perform one of his found poems compressed into a single syllable, which just comes out as a BigNo, where he finally drops the facade and goes on a rant about how the complicated, messy, time-consuming parts of things we love are really what make life worth living, so food pills (or their modern analogues) are really a terrible idea.


* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' introduces Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Chewing Gum...if you don't mind being inflating into a huge juicy blueberry. This ''does'' manage to avoid the conventional problems with food in pill form--it's clear Wonka thought both of the psychological need to do something resembling eating over a period of time and of the physical need for stomach fullness. He's just not through with the new set of problems created by the solution.

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* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' introduces Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Chewing Gum...if you don't mind being inflating into a huge juicy blueberry. This ''does'' manage to avoid the conventional problems with food in pill form--it's clear Wonka thought both of the psychological need to do something resembling eating over a period of time and of the physical need for stomach fullness. He's just not through with the new set of problems created by the solution.


* A similar device shows up in ''Series/MegasXLR'', which will create any food requested. Jamie tries to use it to create some women and money, but it doesn't work.

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* A similar device shows up in ''Series/MegasXLR'', ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', which will create any food requested. Jamie tries to use it to create some women and money, but it doesn't work.

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