There are many different varieties of food in the world of Minecraft, but not all eats are created equal. Different foods restore different levels of hunger but also they vary in how much saturation is given.
Saturation is a hidden stat depleted whenever the player performs activities like sprinting, jumping, and attacking. This hidden meter needs to be depleted before the Hunger meter is lowered. You can tell when your saturation is low when your hunger meter begins moving. Some foods replenish more hunger than saturation, while others replenish more saturation than hunger levels.
Cooked Salmon is an easy food to get your hands on. Salmon can be found in rivers or in cold bodies of water. Since they appear in schools, it is a good opportunity to stock up on them.
Sheep will drop between 1 and 2 mutton. This isn’t the most efficient way to gather food due to how little is given per killed sheep.
Beef replenishes a ton of Hunger and Saturation. Killing cows and mooshrooms will drop between 1 and 3 Raw Beef. Breeding cows to have a farm will give you a good amount of Beef in the long run but can take a while.
The classic food of Minecraft, Porkchops, is dropped by pigs (1-3) and Hoglins (2-4). There is also the possibility to buy 7 Porkchops from a butcher for 1 emerald. This is the go-to food when diving into a dungeon.
The Golden Carrot is the perfect food item for ensuring that you don’t go hungry. The level of Saturation gained from this item will keep your meter from going down for a long time. Best used at the beginning of your Hunger meter falling. The only ways to get this are by crafting a carrot with 8 Gold Nuggets or finding it in Chests.
The Golden Apple is created in the same way as a Golden Carrot, except rather than Golden Nuggets, Gold Ingots are required. These can also be found as Chest loot. Along with Food and Saturation, the Golden Apple gives the player bonus effects.
- Absorption I for 2 minutes
- Regeneration II for 5 seconds.
Enchanted Golden Apple
Enchanted Golden Apples can only be found as chest loot and have an incredibly low drop rate, the highest being 6.5% in Bastion remnants. The rarity is offset by the incredible bonuses it gives.
- Absorption IV for 2 minutes
- Regeneration II for 20 seconds
- Fire Resistance I for 5 minutes
- Resistance I for 5 minutes