With a greater healthcare focus on preventive measures for ensuring wellness and the importance of good nutrition for overall quality of life, many people have decided to make the effort to eat consciously, and consider the true benefits of any food that is ingested. However, a full understanding of what makes for a quality food source can still be elusive. Media generalizations about the “right” foods to eat can also make it difficult to decipher the difference between preservation and storage.
The overall social mien is that packaged and processed food is bad, while fresh goods are beneficial. While this can be considered true, there is a finer point of consideration in regards to processing and packaging. Natural methods of preserving food can be highly beneficial, because this offers all of the positive aspects of a fresh item, without the greater concern of decay. The problem is that all packaged goods are immediately perceived as processed, even if this is not the case.
Shelf Life Without The Extras
In many grocery based food industries, the use of chemical additives is commonplace for increasing shelf life on items. Yet, not all foods with a longer shelf life are really processed in this way, and this is how quality for long-term food kits can also be determined. Freeze drying is widely recognized as an effective way of putting fresh foods in stasis, without vastly altering any of the nutritional qualities of these consumables.
This type of quality also shows through when it comes to preparation, since the reconstitution process does not require extensive procedures that may restore texture and taste, but can still reduce nutrients. This also adds another level to reading labels, since consumers will want to ensure that their food kits can provide the benefits of fresh and natural sustenance without the worry of waste.
For this reason, discerning between the quality of packaged foods can also come down to reading the fine print:
• What is the caloric content?
• How are those calories created/distributed within ingredients?
• Are additives used in the packaging process?
• What are the instructions for preparation?
Each of these questions allows people to make educated choices about their long-term wellbeing and survival, since it also allows a person to discern between what is simply packaged for freshness, or processed for preservation.
What about food storage?
The same is true for long term packaged foods, and not all are created equally. Read your labels very carefully while searching for processed additives. The good news is that not all food storage needs to contain these chemicals, food can be made with using the right packaging process to ensure long shelf life and great natural nutrition. For examples, read our labels here!