Today, antioxidant foods are in high demand due to increasing health concerns and healthy food habits among the general populace. Before exploring more about antioxidant foods let’s understand a little about antioxidant.
What is are Antioxidant Foods?
An antioxidant is a substance that protects body cells from free radical damage that can be caused by the exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism. They are present in many foods that we eat regularly. Antioxidants are also present in large amounts in fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables. Junk foods are considered to be too low in antioxidants and are, therefore, not meant to be beneficial for our body.
Benefits of Antioxidant Foods
Due to the increasing inclination towards healthy and natural food, the consumption of food products containing natural antioxidants has also increased. Also, owing to the numerous health benefits associated with them and other benefits such as minimal side effects, the demand for antioxidant foods has increased substantially. (Source: SpendEdge procurement report on the global antioxidants foods category)
Some of the benefits associated with antioxidant foods are:
- They help in fighting cardiovascular disease
- Diet rich in antioxidants such as strawberries, blueberries, and spinach is considered helpful in fighting the loss of brain function
- Minimizes the effect of aging on the skin
- Helps in reducing risks of chronic diseases
- Prevents cognitive decline like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Antioxidant Foods Market Overview
The global antioxidant foods market is growing rapidly, and this can be attributed to the use of food antioxidants in the processed food and beverage industry. Most commonly used antioxidants in the food industry are carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium. These antioxidants are used in ready-to-eat foods such as snacks and dairy, fats and oils, precooked meat and poultry, seafood and confectionery. Also, the recent increase in the consumption of precooked meat and poultry products is a major driving force behind the global market for antioxidant foods.
According to the recent report from SpendEdge, some of the key highlights for the antioxidant foods market are:
- Growing consumption of antioxidant foods is driving investments in R&D related to the introduction of food antioxidants for improving flavor, nutrients, color, and stability of meat products.
- The market for antioxidant foods is expected to grow owing to the consistent need and use of natural antioxidants that can help in preventing muscle and tissue degeneration, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and to increase longevity, thereby, slowing the aging process.
- Some of the natural antioxidants include micronutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene; minerals such as selenium and manganese; and flavonoids, polyphenols, and phytoestrogens found in food.
- Additionally, natural antioxidants are being used in edible oil preservation, food emulsion systems, snacks, cereals, and low moisture and ready-to-eat foods. End-users prefer the natural antioxidants due to safety concerns associated with synthetic antioxidants and stringent government regulations associated with the use and labeling of synthetic antioxidants.
- The antioxidant foods market in North America is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period caused by the increase in consumption of foods containing natural antioxidants. This, in turn, is attributed to the growing health awareness among consumers
- APAC or the Asia Pacific is the second largest market for antioxidant foods because of the increasing sales of processed food and the ability of antioxidants to extend the shelf life of food products.
- Also, in Europe due to rising health concerns, the preference for natural antioxidants has increased and is driving its market growth. The UK, Germany, and Italy are the key countries contributing to the antioxidant foods market in the region.
- South America is one market which is registering slow growth, and this is due to low awareness about the benefits of antioxidant foods that other regions are using in the packaged food.
- In the countries of North America and Europe, the demand for natural plant extracts and carotenoids food antioxidants are expected to increase.
- In Europe, demand for antioxidants has been increasing during the past decade due to the rise in the requirement for extended shelf-life of antioxidant food products and to prevent rancidity.
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