Food. What’s in it?


Pear Ingredients (1-5). Photo by Leonie Elizabeth. January 2018


Food is comprised of many distinct chemical substances which can broadly be divided into nutritional and non-nutritional components.(6-8)

Nutritional components

Nutrients are chemical substances in the food we eat that interact within the body and are needed throughout the whole of life. There are six main types of nutrients in foods, divided into 2 main groups. Continue reading “Food. What’s in it?”

Food Processing # 1


Photo 31-1-18, 11 12 40 am

My last post discussed some difficulties in classifying foods by nutrients.
Another way of classifying foods is by food processing techniques.

Classification by Food Processing Techniques

Breaking away from guidelines that focus on nutrients, researchers in Brazil have developed a system of food classification based on the degree of food processing. They call this NOVA – ‘The Star Shines Bright’ – and have applied this to the most recent Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population (1). Continue reading “Food Processing # 1”