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Top 10 Uses of NanoTechnology in Food

factory-2-midNanoparticles may be able to detect bacteria, extend food shelf life, add health benefits, or improve flavor, reports Discovery.

While nanotechnology does not involve any genetic manipulation,  many companies are keeping secret about their work their doing. While this can keep competitors off their trail, it can also make it difficult for regulatory agencies to manage risks and create laws for these emerging technologies.

Nonetheless, nanotechnology offers some exciting potential benefits for the quality and safety of our foods.

1. CONTAMINATION SENSOR: Flash a light to reveal the presence of E. coli bacteria.

2. ANTIMICROBIAL PACKAGING: Edible food films made with cinnamon or oregano oil, or nano particles of zinc, calcium other materials that kill bacteria.

3. IMPROVED FOOD STORAGE: Nano-enhanced barrier keeps oxygen-sensitive foods fresher.

Nano-encapsulating improves solubility of vitamins, antioxidants, healthy omega oils and other ‘nutraceuticals’.

5. GREEN PACKAGING: Nano-fibers made from lobster shells or organic corn are both antimicrobial and biodegradable.

6. PESTICIDE REDUCTION: A cloth saturated with nano fibers slowly releases pesticides, eliminating need for additional spraying and reducing chemical leakage into the water supply.

7. TRACKING, TRACING; BRAND PROTECTION: Nanobarcodes can be created to tag individual products and trace outbreaks.

8. TEXTURE: Food spreadability and stability improve with nano-sized crystals and lipids for better low-fat foods.

9. FLAVOR: Trick the tongue with bitter blockers or sweet and salty enhancers.

10. BACTERIA IDENTIFICATION AND ELIMINATION: Nano carbohydrate particles bind with bacteria so they can be detected and eliminated.

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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Uses of NanoTechnology in Food

  1. Enhanced packaging is a good idea, as is the “enhanced nutrient delivery” via nano-encapsulation of nutrients. Hopefully testing/regulation will be required *BEFORE* any companies end up releasing dangerous nanofoods.

  2. I think I’ll stick to growing my own. As my mother used to tell me “A little bit of soil goes a long way when you treat it right”. IMHO, If you want to grow more food, plant more seeds. When we start to second guess nature … bla bla bla … you know the rest 😉

  3. Nanotechnology is a current process, its benefits are enormous compared to the risks,besides what is without risk.The nanomaterials such as Ag nanoparticle has been used and currently in use.However, companies using them should label them. It should be encouraged.

  4. Hello,
    Nano technology has truly become the need of many businesses whether it is food industry, clothing or medicine. In my opinion nano technology has more benefits than risks so this technology should be promoted.

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