Metal detectors in nutraceutical manufacturing

By Heat & Control

In the dynamic landscape of the Asian food industry, the integration of traditional ingredients into nutraceuticals and functional foods is driving innovation and reshaping consumer preferences. Nutraceuticals, prized for their holistic benefits, cater to both physical health and mental and spiritual well-being. Staples like ginseng, turmeric, and goji berries exemplify this trend, symbolising a cultural appreciation for comprehensive wellness solutions.

An expanding market for nutraceuticals and functional foods leads to additional challenges for metal detection which can be solved through the use of multi-spectrum technology. Nutraceuticals are increasingly becoming a part of the food industry as consumers seek products that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition. They’re driving collaborations between the food industry and pharmaceutical companies which facilitate the development of innovative products that combine the expertise of both sectors.

The progressive integration of nutraceuticals into the food industry is observed in several ways:

  • Functional foods: Food products that have been fortified or enriched with additional bioactive compounds or ingredients to provide specific health benefits, such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant extracts.
  • Dietary supplements: Concentrated sources of nutrients or other bioactive compounds that are intended to supplement the diet, usually available in various forms, including capsules, tablets, powders, and liquids.
  • Health and wellness products: Products that may include nutraceutical ingredients known for their health-enhancing properties, such as herbal extracts, superfoods, and functional beverages, with examples including energy bars, herbal teas and protein shakes.

Nutraceuticals also often require specific packaging to preserve their potency and stability. The food industry has responded by incorporating specialised packaging technologies, such as barrier packaging, airtight containers, and UV-protective packaging, to maintain the quality and efficacy of nutraceutical products. These packaging solutions ensure that the bioactive compounds in the products remain intact and protected from external factors that can degrade their effectiveness.

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