Though dehydrated food has been around for long now –think of instant coffee or powdered milk, raisins–, could they actually be the future of sustainability?
It is high time we started focusing on changing climate-destroying sources of food and opting for more sustainable options. So what are the benefits of choosing dehydrated food?
Apart from the obvious benefits of extended shelf life, concentrated flavors, and the reduction in fuel since dried foods are lighter than regular food, several other factors could make dried fruit more sustainable.
The fact that dried snacks do have less water makes them lighter in weight. Thus when transporting them, fewer resources are needed and we reduce the carbon footprint. It also takes less storage space.
They are nutrient-rich
Several superfood clusters are full of antioxidants and adaptogens, using ingredients such as nuts, goji berries, and raw cacao.
Dried snacks can help reduce food waste
There is a lot of food that is never eaten and ends up being wasted –this is actually the biggest environmental footprint of food. Up to 30% of all the food that is grown goes to waste, thus the land, water and resources used to grow our food, are also wasted. When you extend the shelf life from one to almost 12 months, you are reducing food waste. Also, snack foods taste as good as when they were made.
Now that you know that when you are choosing dried snacks over fresh ones you are helping the environment, will you give them a try?
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