Nowadays, everyone is focused on conducting a healthy and balanced lifestyle as it cannot only help you feel better, but it can also reduce the risk of some diseases, lengthen your lifespan, save you money, and benefit the environment.
But do we really know what we are eating?
More than 70 percent of foods in U.S. supermarkets are ultra-processed, and sometimes we choose to buy them thinking that they are a healthy option. However, we have to keep in mind that they are full of preservatives and other chemicals that make them last longer and taste better. Moreover, the making of ultra-processed foods contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, water scarcity, decreased biodiversity, plastic waste, and deforestation.
You might be asking yourself: is there a way to overcome this issue? And the answer is yes, by choosing minimally processed foods or foods that go through gentle processing.
What is gentle food processing?
Gentle processing is a technology whose aim is the nutritional preservation and nutrient retention. This food treatment has been refined over the years to help food producers deliver the actual food taste with high nutritional values.
The traditional methods use chemicals, heat or pressure to treat food items, and the final result will compromise the flavor of the ingredient itself. On the other hand, treating food "gently", means avoid using chemicals or excessive heat, so as to protect the flavour and the benefits of the ingredient.
What are its benefit of gentle food processing?
Enables efficient processing and manufacturing of food.
Reduces microbial content in food, comprehensively destroying bacteria and spores in a natural way.
Retains vitamins, minerals, pigments, antioxidants and flavours, producing a healthier, fresher and more appealing final product.
Extends the shelf life, by reducing costs for retailers and customers.
Improves the flavour!
It's a sustainable process: it uses energy and nothing else!