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Process and Stages of Food Product Development


  INTRODUCTION Packaging has evolved well beyond its initial function as a method of product preservation in recent years. It now plays a critical marketing role in generating shelf appeal, delivering product information, and establishing brand image and awareness. Extended shelf life may be achieved using a modified environment, controlled atmosphere, and intelligent packaging, which can convey quality indicators. These changes are in response to rising customer demand for lightly preserved, fresh, flavorful, accessible food with a long shelf life and consistent quality. Packaging in the future will almost certainly be more than just a physical container that protects food. We at the Food Research Lab offer Packaging Consulting services . We have assisted several food companies in adopting innovative packaging technologies to suit newer food industry developments.   ACTIVE AND INTELLIGENT/SMART PACKAGING ●       Active packaging is a type of packaging that changes the sta

Turn Back the Clock: How to Reverse Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a health condition where blood sugar levels are raised but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. More than a third of American adults have prediabetes, and most remain unaware. Early detection helps avoid serious illnesses. Follow the steps below on how to reverse prediabetes.  Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are too high. Left unchecked, diabetes can shut down the entire body. It can permanently and irrevocably damage your brain, heart, bladder, kidneys, and nervous and circulatory systems.   Cause of Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes usually occurs in children. It peaks between children between 4 and 7 years old and 10 and 14 years old. The cause is mainly genetic. Children with a parent or sibling with the condition are at risk. Type 2 diabetes is prevalent in 95% percent of people with diabetes. This results from genetic and lifestyle factors, including overweight, obesity, and an inactive lifestyle.  Early Signs of Diabetes While there is no cure for

Top 10 Vegan Foods

Vegans abstain from consuming animal products for various reasons, including the environment, ethics, and health. While a plant-based diet may offer certain health advantages, it may also increase the risk of nutritional shortages in some people. This is particularly true when vegan diets aren't well planned. Vegans who wish to stay healthy should eat a nutrient-dense diet that includes both whole and fortified foods. 1. Legumes Lentils, peas and beans peas are exceptional protein sources, with 10–20 grammes per cooked cup. They're also high in fibre, slow-digesting carbohydrates, iron, folate, calcium, potassium, zinc, antioxidants, and other plant components that promote health. However, legumes include a significant quantity of antinutrients, which might decrease mineral absorption. Plants, for example, absorb iron at a lesser rate than animal sources. Similarly, compared to meat-based diets, vegetarian diets appear to lower zinc absorption by around 35%. 2

Difference between Ready-To-Eat & Ready-To-Cook Food & Beverage products

  Ready-To-Eat food products require no cooking Food that is ready to eat does not need to be prepared or warmed before serving. Salads, prepared meats, smoked fish, sweets, sandwiches, cheese, and meals made ahead of time to serve cold are all examples. They include all components but need some preparation or cooking via a procedure outlined on the packaging. Failure to follow the preparation and cooking  guidelines   may result in bacterial contamination, which can cause foodborne disease. Confusion between RTE & RTC Food and beverage products Consumers nowadays are altering the way they consume frozen meals by believing that some things are ready to eat. In recent years,  food and beverage development   has led frozen foods to grow in popularity, with more consumers flocking to the frozen food aisle for time-saving meals like pizza or frozen pasta and fast-frozen goods to enhance meals and snacks. Frozen fruit and vegetables are also popular among health-conscious consumers when