The evolutionary link between food and nanotechnology
July 23, 2018
Who would ever imagine that nanotechnology would just be limited to chemical research laboratories or develop smaller hardware for high-performance computer server systems and infrastructure networks found in Virginia Beach IT services providers.
From agriculture, food processing, food packaging and nutritional supplements, nanotechnology has found very dynamic applications in the food industry in so many ways.
Here are the common applications and how research and development are moving forward for nanotechnology.
Nanocarrier systems for delivery of nutrients and supplements
This comes in the form of liposomes or biopolymer-based nano-encapsulated substances, a number of which are already commercially available in some countries, both in specialty stores and some online e-commerce sites.
Processed nanostructured or Nanotextured food
The technology is being leveraged to process food with less fat, emulsifiers and enhance natural tastes. There are certain food products that are already in the research and development pipeline that would soon be made commercially available.
Organic Nano-sized additives
Food processing companies are already investing in research to optimize nutrition additives for food, health supplements, and animal feed. Current research involves materials ranging from colors, preservatives, flavorings to supplements and antimicrobials
Food packaging applications
This technology is being integrated into the use of polymers containing nanomaterial’s to enhance mechanical or functional properties. This comprises the largest share of the current and short-term market for nanotech applications in the food sector.
Scientific research is already looking into nano-iron which is currently available in industrial-scale quantities. It uses the technology to use the materials to decontaminate water by attracting toxins and other microorganisms from water and process it for drinking.
Nanosensors in agriculture and food
In the near future, Nanosensors will be inserted into the DNA of agricultural products and provide real-time health and nutritional components in each bath. Data generated by these sensors will be transmitted to receiving servers managed by IT support services and provide analytical data to farmers.
With nanotechnology soon making good headway into the food industry, it won’t be long before we see the various applications of the technology highly benefiting everyone around the world.