Product Examples: Nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, ginger, and asafoetida.
Gentle Processing™ Objective: reduce microbes and microbial spores
Spices are ingredients that tend to have high nutrient content when compared to their weight. Usually used in small doses to enhance flavors and colors of food, these spices have active ingredients that can deliver a tremendous amount of nutrients with minimal calories. A small sprinkle of common spices can deliver iron, magnesium, calcium, and other micronutrients to the body. They can also activate the nutritional content of other foods by helping to preserve them.
Spices tend to have antioxidants such as flavonoids, that can mitigate the aging process, bolster the immune system, and help the body absorb more nutrients from regular food.
However, a substantial amount of the spices used across North America are imported from different parts of the world, including India, Mexico, and China. The USFDA has noticed Salmonella contamination in certain shipments of spices entering the United States.
Gentle Processing™ can help bolster international trade in these valuable commodity markets by eliminating microbes and bacterial spores in spices.