Extrusion processing is a popular processing technology used in the food industry. It uses a single screw or a set of screws to push food materials through small openings. Within the span of a minute, the food being pushed out is cooked at a high pressure and temperature, and then encased in a barrel.
Food extrusion technology has become quite popular around the globe. It is a process in which a number of ingredients are combined together to form a final product packed with nutrients. It’s commonly used in ready-to-eat porridge, cereal, snacks, and pet food.
Extrusion is the process where raw material (such as maize meal) is cooked in an extruder at a high pressure and temperature, resulting in a cooked, dry product within seconds. Due to the quick cooking process, the digestibility, nutrient consumption and taste of the product is enhanced. However, the greatest advantage of the extrusion process is that vitamins and minerals can be added to the dry product AFTER the cooking process. The only preparation needed for the consumer is to add milk or water to this powdered, dry product.
Here are the top nutritional benefits of extruded food products.
As cases of coronavirus are rapidly increasing, it has become difficult for developing economies to survive. It is a struggle for them to lead their primary sector industries while the lockdown restrictions have to be implemented for social distancing. As they are more labor-oriented, it takes a toll on their revenue streams. Without advanced technology, it leaves them with various issues.
Food extrusion technology can help improve the economy of developing countries in numerous ways. Let’s have a look at a few of them.