Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Nano-Foods" will be soon near your house

    Imagine that your going someday to buy for Nanofoods

most of this research is going on in secret because of fears over how the public will reply. Like genetically-modified organisms (GMs), nano-modifying food involves literally changing its molecular properties, which has never been proven safe. So naturally, consumers are likely to reject NM food if given the choice.
 The scientific community has an five times again caught food-tampering fever. Recent reports indicate that food scientists are busy developing nanoparticle-modified (NM) food that could day finish up on your dinner plate -- and you may never even know it. By shifting around nanoparticles, food scientists say that fat-free foods can taste likes full-fat foods, and they can be programmed to digest more slowly--two changes that some say may help reverse the obesity epidemic.

"These particles could be hazardous and they must know more about their effects both in the body and in the environment," said Frans Kampers, coordinator of research on food nanotechnology at Wageningen and Research Middle in the Netherlands. "Since these particles are small, they canâ ¦enter cells or even the nucleus of a cell if they have the right characteristics." 

The said objective of nanotechnology research in food is to generate foods that behave differently than actual ones in terms of digestion, assimilation, taste and nutritional value. By altering the "nano-structure" of food, so to speak, NM food can be programmed to make people feel fuller faster, for example. And nutrients in food may even be nano-encapsulated to release at timed intervals to specific parts of the body.

Although NM food has yet to see the light day, the European Union (EU) is already taking proactive steps to make positive that, if it does make it to consumers, NM food will at least be regulated and labelled. Thus, the EU has developed a research project called NanoLyse to address the "very limited knowledge [that is] available on the potential impact of engineered nanoparticles on consumers' health."

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