Nanotechnology is a well known term and if you haven’t heard about it till now, be sure to hear about it soon. Why nanotechnology applications are becoming so popular? Its tiny properties help researchers to manipulate chemical properties to enhance its capability. Although we must note that this is not the way our body functions naturally. With the help of nanotechnology applications in food, one can extend food life, deliver potential nutrients to target areas and so on.
In different industries, there are a number of advantages of nanotechnology, such as in cancer treatments, nanotechnology is proving to be more effective than the conventional treatment therapies as it targets the affected area without harming the surrounding parts of the body.
How different food companies are implementing nanotechnology?
Smart Packaging- These special packages contain nanosensors and anti-microbial activators which will signal the decaying of food. Smart packs can also induce calcium molecules for people who are suffering from osteoporosis.
Nanocapsules- Nanocapsules induced in food make them a healthy food options, future may see chocolate chips or tomato sauce as healthy food options.
Smart food- Companies like Nestle are manufacturing smart food which will have the ability to interact with the consumers. Smart food allows the user to customize the food in their own way by changing its color or flavor. Infact, a smart food can detect if a person is allergic to certain ingredients or not.
Nano-robot food production- Companies are also willing to invest in nanorobot who are able to make food by assembling atoms and molecules of different nutrients. “Instead of harvesting grain and cattle for carbohydrates and protein, nanobots could assemble the desired steak or flour from carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms present in the air as water and carbon dioxide”.
Is nanotechnology good or bad?
The above nanotechnology applications sounds interesting and effective, and food companies will certainly try to prove their point by saying that nano-engineered food will help to enhance the nutrient factors in any food, but do we really need such unnatural food enhancers? The nanoparticles used can also cause a number of harmful health effects.
Eliminating the natural process of growing food and replacing it with food processed by nano robots is certainly how our natural system works. There is a natural intelligent process that works within the body, several complicated cells, and organs run according to this system. Consumption of excessive nutrient will leave toxic effects on your body and create imbalance in functioning of body in future.
There are a number of products available in the market which contain nanotechnology elements. Surely, they have some positive effects on our body, but think wisely do you want a temporary solution of long term effect on your health. Sometimes excessive quantity of anything can be harmful, thus we shouldn’t interfere with our natural growth.Tag(s) : disadvantages of nanotechnology, nanotechnology in food, nanotechnology applications,