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How Can Food Packaging Affect Your Nutritional Status?!

May 29, 2019

When it comes to nutrition and obtaining all our nutrients we tend to think about where we’re getting our nutrients from, although we’re often oblivious to how the packaging affects our food and drink nutrient quality. Let’s take milk for example. Indoor light (this includes LED and fluorescent lighting in fridges) has shown to significantly reduce the amount of Vitamin A, B2 and B12 in milk through a process known as oxidation. Around 50% of Vitamin A in skimmed milk was lost after just 16-hours of light exposure! These nutrients are very important elements which contribute to the overall health benefits of milk. These losses are then not taken into account when you’re assessing your overall diet. You think you’re hitting your daily requirements although due to oxidation you’re less likely to be. This is especially important for those with certain dietary requirements such as vegetarians whose key source of B12 comes from dairy products. If vegetarians are relying on dairy as their main source of B12 and their dairy products have been exposed to light damage then there’s an increased risk of deficiency. Although, it’s not all bad news. Research has shown that light-protective packaging can limit these nutrient losses. Noluma, the market leaders in light protected packaging, are currently working with UK milk brands and retailers to ensure there packaging is light protected.

It won’t be long till we see light protected milk on shelf so make sure you look out for the Noluma logo. Packaging under Noluma’s standards has been through testing to prevent light damage and protect the nutrients found in your produce. Protecting milk against light damage not only has health benefits but can extend shelf life and therefore helps to reduce the environmental impact of our food too. An all round win!

This is a guest post in conjunction with Nutritionist, Jenna Hope Nutrition