Health and Food
When Dr. Ascher Shmulewitz decided to get into the food tech industry, he understood that the best way to ensure a healthy population, is through the use of preventative care. His years of experience studying medicine and his success in the biomedical technology industry, reaffirmed that proper diet is paramount for a healthy life.
The problem, however, was that the food industry was failing to provide any viable. sustainable, and healthy products to the mass market. As Dr. Shmulewitz saw it, the food industry was going in two directions- a trend toward “health” foods that often lacked in flavor and have been environmentally unsustainable, or fast and heavily processed foods that contribute to the high rate of obesity, heart disease and environmental deterioration.
Dr. Shmulewitz concluded that only way we can feed and distribute nutritious and delectable food to an expanding population, without destroying the planet would be through modern food technology. “Until now the food industry has compromised quality for quantity, more products with less nutritional value, but food tech is the only solution that can consolidate both quality and quantity, issues, providing nutritionally dense foods, to the mass market for a fair price.”
How so? Here are 5 ways modern food tech will help us become healthier:
Less Fat, More Nutritious
Food technology has provided alternative sources of food that are more nutrient, clean and environmentally sound. One example are companies that are using plant protein to create dishes that are just as delicious as their meat counterpart, but have more protein, double the iron, no trans fats, and includes 12 percent of the recommended daily intake for fiber.
Vegetable protein alternatives, will have a major impact on health, because they will deliver more nutrients to our bodies, without the hormones, antibiotics, trans fat and other undesirable components of animal by-products. What’s more, is that growing the vegetables required to isolate these proteins, such as chickpeas, are decisively more sustainable for the environment and will substantially reduce our carbon footprint.
Food tech is also making it possible to put less sugar in food and drinks, without altering its flavor or using any chemicals. DuoxMatok uses this revolutionary technology to deliver the same sweet intensity to dishes and drinks, using a tenth of the amount of sugar. This technology will have a big impact on a population that is addicted to sugar, but has to reduce its intake due to detrimental health effects such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Cooking at Home Made Easier
Cooking at home makes us healthier and the science is there to prove it. A study published in the journal, Public Health and Nutrition based on data generated between 2007 and 2010 through about 9.5000 adults, shows that people who cook more at home consume significantly fewer calories, more fiber, less sugar and fewer carbohydrates. Home cooked meals are usually more properly portioned, contain less sodium and fa and encourage people to understand food better.
Food technology is helping people lead healthier lives by making it more simple and efficient to cook at home. One such a way to do this is through meal delivery platforms such as, Blue Apron, Peach Dish and HelloFresh, that make it easier for people to cook at home using healthy ingredients and easy to follow recipes.
Other companies such as Innit, are using sensor technology to create “smarter” kitchens. Their tools range from determining what is in your refrigerator, to creating your menu to creating appliance to automate cooking processes, making cooking at home easier than ever before.
One of the biggest problems that occurs in food production, is that it can require a lot of processing that takes the nutrients away. One example of this is in pasteurization. With traditional methods of pasteurizing, requiring high amounts of heat, was effective in removing bacteria, however also removed essential nutrients. Which is why companies such as AseptoRay are so important in making it possible to pasteurize food and drinks without heat, reducing the energy costs significantly and preserving the essential nutrients and vitamins. By doing so, consumers can get the real benefits from the food and drinks they consume without exposure to pathogens and unhealthy bacteria.
With the advances in technology which help us understand individual DNA makeup more precisely track nutritional level, blood sugar level, and the metabolism of individuals, it’s become easier to personally customize diets based on our personal chemical and biological makeups. Companies such as Habit and Snipitty use biological, anthropometric, and genetic testing, to customize meal plans for every individual’s personal needs.
This advancement in food technology means that people don’t have to continue to try fad diets or crash diets that are often obtrusive to our personal health. Using both sensor technology, medical technology and data, people can now consume foods that deliver the most nutrients for their personal make-up, while simultaneously keeping weight and cholesterol low.
Increasing Food Safety
Advances in food technology widely include tools that ensure that our food is safe and clean. For example, companies such as Dearman are making it possible to transport perishable ingredients using piston engines that are powered by liquid nitrogen. This means that transporting perishables can be done without harmful emission of traditional refrigerated transport and without the use of fuel. This advancement, which will be made available in developing countries will not only reduce the 40% of food that is wasted because of lack of proper refrigeration, but will ensure that the food is properly stored and handled, so that it is edible and safe once it reaches the market.
Other companies such as Frequentz and FoodLogicIQ are making it possible to track each individual ingredient from the farm to the table, which can significantly reduce the expansion of contaminated food outbreaks that have measured at 622 food safety international recalls and that affect 48 million Americans a year. This type of technology will make it possible to track every ingredient in every dish, so that if contamination does occur, it will be mitigated before it spreads.