It is well known that for an athlete to perform optimally, he or she must adopt optimal nutrition. The extra nutrients they consume will help the body's recovery phase in particular. Among other things, these nutrients help to replenish energy reserves, keep the body hydrated and repair muscles. Among the foods that ensure these functions, we have dairy products. The ones we present in this section have a long shelf life. Let's take a look at these extraordinary products and the different reasons to adopt them.
What is a long-life dairy product?
Dairy products with a long shelf life are nothing more than staple foods
(milk, cheese, etc.) that have been freeze-dried. Freeze-drying
is the most effective method of food preservation.
The freeze-drying method is a preservation process that consists of freezing the food of your choice to extract all the water from it. Among the foods that can be admitted to the process of freeze-drying, we obviously count milk and cheese.
Milk is frozen and then dehydrated through a sublimation process. As milk is a special food, these different stages are carried out at very low temperatures. These can go down to -40°C. This does not prevent the milk from retaining its texture, flavour, smell and, above all, all the nutritional values that make it up.
It is important to remember that this process allows dairy products to be stored at room temperature for several years, even decades. In our range, in addition to milk, you will mainly find staple foods such as butter powder
or grated parmesan
What are the advantages of long-life dairy products?
When you think of freeze-dried dairy products, you immediately think not only of hikers, but also of outdoor sports enthusiasts. This is understandable, as these products can be taken anywhere during an activity. They are particularly practical because they are easy to transport. After all, once the water has been removed, they lose about 80% of their normal weight.
This means you can easily take it with you on your outdoor expeditions. In addition, these products save space in your backpack. So you can easily stock up on freeze-dried milk
or cheese for long journeys.
In this section, you will mainly find milk powder that you can use to make delicious breakfasts. You will also find rehydrated butter powder, which you can use to spread on breads and biscuits. Grated Parmesan cheese is perfect for many dishes. And for coffee lovers, you'll find Emergency Food brand coffee
All these foods are packaged in tins or airtight bags. Some have a shelf life of 10 years and others a shelf life of 15 years. These foods are perfect for keeping you self-sufficient during emergencies. After all, we can never be too careful, especially in the wilderness. A storm or other disaster can happen quickly and put everyone in a very delicate situation. It is important to know that the large cans are made up of several portions that can feed a whole group or family.
To consume them, simply add hot or cold water, depending on your preference. Depending on when you take it, you will be able to rehydrate it perfectly.
Another advantage of this type of product lies in their nutritional distribution. In fact, in a portion of freeze-dried milk, you can find a contribution in vitamins, minerals and proteins, without water. More than 95% of the nutritional value of dairy products is contained in their freeze-dried versions. However, if we consider their calorific value, it is important to note that it is rather low.
What is very practical with this type of product is that you can consume a bag of freeze-dried milk while continuing your hike. Your movements remain free and the taste is still pleasant. Moreover, freeze-dried milk products are perfect after a busy day.
Nutritional benefits of dairy products for outdoor enthusiasts
Dairy products are the best source of calcium that we can include in our diet. The calcium it provides is easily absorbed by our bodies. Dairy products also contain protein and phosphorus, which reinforce the effect of calcium.
Throughout our lives, we need calcium for the mineralisation of our teeth and bones. This is of great benefit to sportsmen and women, as physical exertion requires strong bones. Calcium is also involved in many vital functions such as hormonal functions, blood pressure, muscle contraction, cell renewal...
For athletes, we recommend consuming 3 to 4 portions of dairy products per day to meet all your calcium needs. We also recommend combining them with an adequate intake of vitamin D. For example, you can eat seafood.
Protein from dairy products is comparable to protein from meat. They are particularly important in the recovery phase after exercise. They are favourable to cell renewal and muscle strengthening. Phosphorus is involved in the renewal of the body's tissues.
Dairy products also contain vitamins A and B12. Vitamin A is contained in milk in the form of retinol. This vitamin not only promotes healthy skin, bones and teeth, but also good eyesight. It also acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin B12 is involved in processes such as protein synthesis, fat burning and nervous system balance. Read moreReduce