BodyMeals are shelf-stable, non-perishable meals that do NOT require refrigeration or freezing. You can keep BodyMeals in your pantry, gym bag, locker, or desk at work.
To give you a better understanding of why BodyMeals can be stored outside of your fridge, let's compare current food preservation techniques that everyone should be familiar with...
Meat Curing is the oldest method of preserving foods, predominantly meat. Quite simply, curing is the addition of salts, sugar, nitrates and nitrites to food in order to draw out moisture. Without this moisture, the solute concentration of the food is very high and thus, the cured food becomes inhospitable to harmful microorganisms. One of the drawbacks of consuming too much cured meats and other cured foods is that your sodium intake is very high. Aside from the health risks, the symptoms of high sodium levels in the body such as fluid retention (bloating), abnormal thirst mechanism and high blood pressure are not good for someone who is passionate about their training.
Refrigeration can substantially reduce the rate at which food will deteriorate. The lower the temperature, the slower the growth of microorganisms and the rate of chemical changes in food. So putting your food in the fridge is only slowing down the process of food spoilage which is why there is still a time limit for any food kept in the fridge before it goes off! You should note that it is recommended the temperature of your fridge should be 4 degrees or below in order to keep that bacterial action at bay.
Freezing is used to stop bacterial action altogether! Frozen bacteria are completely inactive. Which is why your food in the freezer has longer "use by" dates. It has nothing to do with containing fewer nutrients! We love frozen veggies because they are snap frozen, shortly after being harvested, nutrients are locked in, instead of deteriorating over the time it takes from harvest to your super market shelf. But remember as soon as the food is taken out of the freezer and as the temperature begins to rise, bacterial action will resume.
Retort is the highly innovative science and cooking method which eliminates bacteria and microorganisms so food will stay fresh at room temperature as long as it’s kept in a hermetically sealed environment. Those include a retort pouch, can, or our personal favourite and the one we’ve selected for our Bodymeals, the EVOH retort tray. This method is by far the most efficient way to preserve food. Not only efficient because the need for refrigeration has been eliminated but also because the cooking method is simply steam and pressure and one cook can produce up to 5000 meals! Our EVOH trays are recyclable, BPA free and non-toxic at all temperatures as well as being a strong barrier to chemicals. Because of this method, BodyMeals are minimally processed ( in fact the only process used is cooking!), nutrient dense pre-prepared meals.