Nutrition-sensitive postharvest handling, storage and processing
Serrano, E. P.
Postharvest handling, storage, and processing have been shown to be the weakest link in the food supply chain. At these points, postharvest losses in terms of nutritional and physical quality can be substantial. Minimizing these losses is one of the strategies to address the challenges in nutrition-sensitive agriculture in particular and food security in general. Cereals, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are important and common sources of nutrients to meet the requirements of the human body for growth, development, and sustenance of a healthy well-being. These food types however, are also the ones that are inherently and highly perishable. This means that their nutritional contents change or diminish with time and with the methods of handling, packaging, storage, and processing. This paper discussed the nutrient content and changes in the nutrient levels in fruits, vegetables, cereals, and legumes as influenced by postharvest practices and secondary processing. The paper also presented appropriate post production strategies, techniques, or practices to minimize nutrient loss and even enhance nutrient levels in the food commodities.Show more [+] Less [-]
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