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Food dictates your survival in 7 Days to Die. Without it you die, with too little of it life can be tedious and slow but with a lot of it, many new options and styles of play are available to the character.

Early on, Canned Rations are your greatest source of fullness and stamina. Although having minor repercussions on your hydration, their hunger supply and sometimes even health regeneration is an excellent way to keep your character going throughout the day. Although uncraftable, canned rations are reasonably easy to find- especially if you are to stumble upon a food air drop. However, as you delve deeper into your game these rations become less attainable and scattered, making it harder for one to regain lost hunger and stamina. The counter to this- craftable foods.

Craftable foods are foods that you can make yourself. They take time to make and in some cases you may need days to come up with a good batch. A strong example of this is Venison Stew. Venison stew requires 4 components to make, Venison, Potatoes, Corn and Bottled Water. Venison itself is hard to come by and Deer is a lucky find. Bottled Water is perhaps the easiest of the 4 to come by but the final 2 ingredients- Potatoes and Corn are where your time will be spent. A large batch of Venison stew, say 10-15 will take you several days, depending on the growth of your vegetables. And while this may seem such a downside to its canned ration counter parts have a look at Venison Stew's rewards.

Venison Stew offers you 40+ Fullness, (the most in the game) 25+ Hydration, (the most for a food in the game) 15+ Health, (the most for a food in the game) and 1.6+ Wellness (2nd most for a food in the game). All of these benefits heavily outweigh say a Large Beef Ration which does give you 30+ Fullness and 10+ Health but fails in any other respect, leaving you with 10- Hydration.

In conclusion, Canned Rations are certainly an excellent early game food source but as both you and the game progress and their availability decreases and renewable sources of food are needed. This is why it is important to start a farm early on, conserve hunted meat unless absolutely necessary and get into cooking from an early point. Almost all craftable foods and drinks give some measure of wellness increase, allowing the player to reach maximum health and stamina very quickly, and there are also several with player buffs that make them incredibly valuable as you become better established. A good example would be Coffee's Caffiene Buzz, which greatly increases the player's stamina regeneration rate.

Food Fullness Hydration Health Stamina Wellness Gassiness Smell in Bag Smell on Belt Other Effects Type
CanHam.png Can of Ham +15 -5 +5 Canned
Blueberries.png Blueberries +3 +1 Raw
CanBeef.png Large Beef Ration +30 -10 +10 Canned
CanChicken.png Chicken Ration +15 -5 +5 Canned
CanChili.png Can of Chili +15 -5 +5 -15 Canned
CanLamb.png Lamb Ration +15 -5 +5 Canned
CanMiso.png Can of Miso +10 +10 +1 Canned
CanPeas.png Can of Peas +10 Canned
Potato.png Potato +6 Raw
Corn.png Ear of Corn +2 Raw
Rabbit.png Skinned Rabbit +10 -5 -5 -20 -30 20m 60m Food Poisoning Raw
CornBread.png Corn Bread +5 +0.4 Boiled
FoodYuccaJuice.png Yucca Juice +15 +30 +0.1 Crafted
BottledWater.png Bottled Water +20 +20 Boiled
RabbitStew.png Rabbit Stew +15 +15 +3 +1 20m 60m Boiled
Venison.png Venison +10 +2 20m 60m Food Poisoning Raw
VenisonStew.png Venison Stew +20 +25 +5 +1.6 20m 60m Boiled
CanCatfood.png Can of Cat Food +10 -2 +2 -10 Canned
CanDogfood.png Can of Dog Food +10 -2 +2 -15 Canned
CanPasta.png Can of Pasta +15 Canned
CanPears.png Can of Pears +5 +10 Canned
CanSalmon.png Can of Salmon +10 -5 +5 Canned
CanSoup.png Can of Soup +10 +10 +1 Canned
CanStock.png Can of Stock +10 +10 +1 Canned
CanTuna.png Can of Tuna +10 -2 +2 Canned
Pork.png Raw Pork +15 -7 -7 -30 -30 20m 60m Food Poisoning Raw
MeatCookedStick.png Rabbit Kabob +15 -5 +5 10m 30m Charred
Egg.png Egg +4 -2 -2 -8 -30 Food Poisoning Raw
FoodHoney.png Jar of Honey +5 +5 +40 +0.4 Raw
RabbitOnAStick.png Rabbit on a Stick Raw
FoodYuccaFruit.png Yucca Fruit +3 +10 Raw
BottledRiverWater.png Bottled Murky Water +15 +5 -0.1 Dysentery Raw
GoldenRodTea.png Goldenrod Tea +20 +40 +0.2 Boiled
RabbitCharred.png Charred Rabbit +10 -5 +2 +0.8 10m 30m Charred
RabbitBoiled.png Boiled Rabbit +10 +5 +2 +0.8 1m 5m Boiled
Eggboiled.png Boiled Egg +8 +0.32 Boiled
RabbitGrilled.png Grilled Rabbit +10 -2 +2 +0.8 5m 15m Grilled
PorkGrilled.png Grilled Pork +15 +7 +0.6 5 15 Grilled
VenisonGrilled.png Grilled Venison +20 -2 +2 +0.8 5m 15m Grilled
VenisonBoiled.png Boiled Venison +20 +2 +0.8 1m 5m Boiled
PorkBoiled.png Boiled Pork +15 +7 +0.6 1m 5m Boiled
PorkCharred.png Charred Pork +15 -5 +7 +0.6 10m 30m Charred
VenisonCharred.png Charred Venison +20 -5 +2 +0.8 10m 30m Charred
Coffee.png Coffee -1 -0.1 Caffiene Buzz Boiled
CornOnTheCob.png Corn on the Cob +4 +2 +2 +0.08 1m 5m Boiled
CoffeeBean.png Coffee Beans Raw
BakedPotato.png Baked Potato +4 Grilled
BlueberryPie.png Blueberry Pie +20 +0.8 Boiled
CornMeal.png Corn Meal +5 -10 Crafted
BaconandEggs.png Bacon and Eggs +15 +3 +1 Grilled
MoldyBread.png Moldy Bread +5 -2 -30 Food Poisoning
GrainAlcohol.png Grain Alcohol -5 +10 Beer Buzz Boiled
OldShamSandwich.png Old Sham Sandwich +20 Food Poisoning Rotten
VegetableStew.png Vegetable Stew +7 +25 +5 +0.1 20m 60m Boiled
CannedMurkyWater.png Canned Murky Water +15 +5 Dysentery Raw
CannedWater.png Boiled Water +20 +20 Iron
Beer.png Beer +10 +20 Beer Buzz
Rotting Flesh.png Rotting Flesh +10 -5 +5 -20 Food Poisoning
Mushrooms.png Mushrooms +3 +1 Raw
BearBoiled.png Boiled Bear +20 +5 +2 +0.8 1m 5m Boiled
BearMeat.png Bear Meat +20 +2 20m 60m Food Poisoning Raw
BearStew.png Bear Stew +40 +25 +5 +2.5 20m 60m Boiled
BearCharred.png Charred Bear +20 -5 +2 +0.8 10m 30m Charred
BearGrilled.png Grilled Bear +20 -2 +2 +0.8 5m 15m Grilled