Fruits and vegetables are incredibly nutritious and have been hailed as foods that can help prevent – or even reverse – obesity. Based on recent trends in the United States, that makes fresh produce even more important than ever.
Fresh Produce – Battling Obesity in Adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States. More than a third of U.S. adults are now obese, which means that they are also at risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and many other potential ailments.
One of the causes of obesity is that U.S. adults are consuming more calories than ever before, and burning off fewer calories than ever before through exercise. You can point to the mass availability of highly caloric fast food as one of the reasons for overconsumption, and point to long commutes and longer work hours as reasons for less exercise.
Storing Produce Longer
One excellent way of storing produce longer is modified atmosphere packaging, like the solutions Point 5 Packaging provides on a daily basis.
Naturally, fruits and vegetable have low caloric density but high nutrition density. In other words, you get more nutrition out of one serving of squash or a banana than you would with the same sized serving of bread – and with much fewer calories.
So, if people replaced fruits and vegetables for some of the starchy and fatty foods in their diet, they most likely will begin losing weight since they are creating a calorie deficit.
That’s why it’s important fruit is made more available to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, unlike breads and cereals – which can easily last for months or years at room temperature – fruit can become rotten much quicker, making it more difficult to store mass quantities of it.
Food Packaging – Extending the Life of Produce
Unfortunately, having the U.S. public eat more fruits and vegetables is easier said than done. For example, starchy and fatty foods are more easily available, especially because they can be stored longer and at room temperatures.
That’s where Point Five packaging comes in: Our modified atmosphere packaging is especially effective at extending the shelf lives of many nutritious fruits and vegetables. Our easy-to-use packaging also makes it easy for the end user to consume fruits and vegetables and take them with them on-the-go.
Find out more information about our packaging for produce – Contact Point 5 Packaging today.