Chopped, canned, pasteurised... food undergoes many transformations to make it suitable for consumption, to improve its texture and flavour, make it easier to digest or to preserve it. Food labels are like identity cards for the product, providing us with a whole range of information about the nature of the product, how to store it, what it contains, and also how it contributes to meeting our daily energy and nutritional requirements.
3.1 Preparing food
How do we prepare food to make it edible?
Many foodstuffs must undergo various mechanical, thermal and biochemical preparation techniques to make them fit to be eaten or simply to transform them.
3.1.1 Preparing food to make it edible
3.1.2 Preparing food to give it a new form
3.1.3 Cooking techniques
3.2 Preserving food
Why do we preserve food?
Preservation techniques were developed in order to prevent food shortages and slow down the decomposition of perishable foodstuffs. The purpose of preserving is to modify the environment in order to slow down the growth of microorganisms primarily responsible for the decomposition of food.
3.2.1 Processing to preserve
3.2.2 Techniques for preserving food
3.2.3 The cold chain
3.3 Food labels
Food labels, an identity card for products!
Food labels tell us many things about the products we consume. In addition to the name of the product, the label indicates the origin of the food and who produced it, how to store it, the ingredients and allergens it contains, as well as its energy and nutritional values.
3.3.1 Information about the product
3.3.2 Nutritional information
- Food and the 5 senses
What role do our 5 senses play in our perception of the food we eat?
- Food and nutrients
A varied and balanced diet. What does it mean? What is the role of the nutrients found in our food?
- Processing food
Why do we need to process food before eating it? Understanding food labels.
- The digestive system
A trip inside the digestive tract!
- Ecology and food economy
Understanding the economic and environmental implications of producing food.
- Eating, moving and growing
Why do we need food? How can we get all we need to run, play and feel good?