RENO, NV (KOLO) -- Nutrient uses techniques to make foods that you probably haven't seen or heard of to keep the foods as nutritionally dense and anti-inflammatory as possible.
Nutrient's Executive Chief and Head of Operations, Shakka Moore, opens the sublimation unit used to give foods a baked texture and taste without using excessive amounts of heat.
The local business uses a giant vacuum chamber that looks like a giant tube. It's used to make cereal, cookies, and bars. It's called a sublimation unit and it's the largest of its kind on the west coast and second largest in the United States, according to Nutrient's Executive Chief and Head of Operations, Shakka Moore.
"We have a cold baking process that we trademarked. We start at negative 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) and we extract the moisture from the products," Shakka said.
Scientists at Nutrient say heat degrades nutrients at 180 degrees Fahrenheit so they use a proprietary process in the sublimation unit to give Nutrient products the feel and appearance of being baked, but they're not.
Up to 4,400 pounds of product can be loaded on the racks in the chamber. The chamber is closed and air is sucked out of the room. The temperature is dropped to well below freezing to pull the moisture out of the product. Then warm water is systematically piped into these lines and the pans holding the food products.
The combination of warmth and freezing temperatures gives Nutrient products their signature flavor packed with the nourishment to feed and fuel hungry bodies.
"A lot of the food that people eat now is very inflammatory and you don't even know it, so it basically degrades your body and degrades your performance," said Vice President of Business Strategy, Dana Beck.
Seven years of research and development has gone into the proprietary recipes put to use the 100,000-square-foot warehouse Nutrient uses at 110 Woodland Avenue in Reno.
In all, Nutrient sells 24 products in single-serve packets.
Shakka took KOLO 8 News on a tour of the products sitting in the warehouse waiting for shipment across the world.
"Three different kinds oatmeal, so you have an original oatmeal, apple cinnamon oatmeal, a no-sugar-added oatmeal. A cereal, which is like a porridge. Then you have three more cold cereals. Instead of hot breakfasts there's a cold breakfasts so there is an original, a maple almond and a chocolate cereal, and then there's four different shakes. There's a chocolate brain shake, coffee brain shake. This is our chocolate shake; our chocolate shake is our best-selling product. There's about 22 grams of protein. your 14 essential vitamins, your 14 essential minerals, omega 3's, fibers, no artificial colors, flavors, GMO free and gluten free," says Shakka.
Workers at Nutrient say you could literally survive on the food products they make.
Dana says the food products her company makes are the most nutrient-dense food on the market compared to every food listed in the USDA database. She is taking into account a combination of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids.
She says every essential nutrient aspect (for example choline, a vitamin, is especially hard to find in manufactured food), and she says Nutrient pays attention to Omega-6 to Omega-3 and Sodium-to-Potassium ratios, which she says no other company does.
Dana says people are at risk of developing chronic disease if they're not getting the nutrients they need. She says Nutrient products include fiber because it is such an important part of health. She says Nutrient uses the most current scientific recommendations to produce its food products.
Right now, Nutrient is producing 10,000 servings a month, but has the capacity to produce 20,000 servings a day.
Nutrient researchers are developing snack products like potato chips. The company is bracing for rapid growth in the months and years to come, and it plans to open a cafe at his Reno location this fall.
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