Edible food packaging; it’s not science fiction

Edible food packaging is closer than you think. Sounds crazy? It does, but it’s not a science fiction thing…

Edible food packaging: closer than you think

Beans are edible food pods
A true edible food pod…

Food companies constantly need to come up with new things to keep customers interested. This is hard. At the end of the day, there are only that many things you can do with something as simple as, for instance, oats. From our old-fashioned porridge, eaten in winter, it became muesli; then, it was turned into snack bars. Furthermore, it makes up part of many a smoothie, in the form of oat milk.

Manufacturers have to be creative, especially in a world that’s choking on its own waste. So, the next step is to look at packaging. By perfecting convenience, portion control and limiting waste, edible packaging is something we will all be seeing sooner than later. At present, there are already pre-portioned protein products in the form of dissolvable pouches. Grab a pre-measured pouch and drop it, wrapper an all, into your liquid of choice. It dissolves, and you have a no-mess instant protein shake.

Where to next…edible oats packaging

Our humble oats are in the firing line. Now, pre-packaged portions come in paper sachets, often used to measure the milk or water. The next step, of course, is to replace that paper sachet with an edible, dissolvable, no-waste wrapper. Other foods in the picture for this novel edible food packaging process are coffee portions, pasta and rice. Even better, spices come pre-dosed to always deliver the same amount and taste. Protein powders and drink mixes are also keen forefront foods for this innovation

What are we eating or drinking here?

Sounds good, doesn’t it. No mess, instant results, exact measurements, that’s perfect for your busy life. But, hold on…what exactly is this stuff made off? Well, the scientific name is Polyvinyl Alcohol, or PVOH. It is a type of vinyl which dissolves during preparation. You probably already have the stuff in your house. Dishwasher detergent, or laundry capsules are the non-food version. Pop the product directly into the machine; the controlled portions dissolves with added water. Now, a version exists for food and drink portions. How do you feel about that?

Digestible plastic

Digestible plastic is classified as GRAS, which stands for Generally Regarded As Safe by American (and world) Food Standard norms. A product with GRAS status causes no harm to people, or no harm can be proven. However, many research papers show that plastics have oestrogenic-mimetic properties; this means they mimic the behaviour of hormones, especially oestrogen. No direct link has yet been made, but plastic is suspected of excess oestrogen in our bodies. With that comes a risk for other health problems. So, considering the novelty status of this GRAS product, how keen will you be to try the convenience of dissolvable plastic, and willingly ingest it? Me, I’m going to give this new trend a miss…

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Nature gives us edible food pods in the form of beans, peppers, capsicum and so forth…should you to add plastic pods to that?

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