As our global population continues to age, new opportunities exist for food processors and packaging manufacturers. With increased age comes increased risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity to name a few. Risk of these diseases can be reduced by ensuring your diet contains “Superfoods”. Superfoods are defined as a food that is beneficial to your health and well-being. Many studies have identified foods that assist in the prevention of certain health related diseases.
For example, beans, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, fish, flaxseed, milk and other dairy products are shown to reduce the risk of cancer. Cinnamon, nuts, milk and coffee have been shown to help keep blood sugar levels healthy, which allows your body to use insulin correctly. Kale, oranges, garlic, red wine, chocolate, almonds, lentils, sardines and pomegranates are all linked to reducing the risk of heart related diseases.
With this knowledge and awareness, food processors are presented with an opportunity to increase revenue by developing products to meet the needs and concerns of our aging population. By adding superfoods to their products and packaging products appropriately, manufacturers can assist our growing nation in the prevention of these health related diseases.