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Deficiency-Fighting Smoothies

Nanoparticles Added to Foods Combat Anemia or Zinc Deficiency

— June 11, 2010 — Lifestyle
Nanotechnology has found its way to the food supply. Iron and zinc nanoparticles so small that it takes a thousand of them to approximate a paper thickness can be added to foods like banana nano-smoothies to combat anemia or zinc deficiency.

Not only can nanoparticles fortify food, they can can extend food shelf life, change food flavors, and help monitor contamination. Nanotech is being used in cosmetics, paints, biotech, and now food. Banana nano-smoothies and other nano-foods have the potential to improve health around the world.
Trend Themes
1. Nanoparticles in Foods - Opportunity for food companies to create functional foods that combat nutritional deficiencies and monitor contamination using nanotechnology.
2. Functional Nano-smoothies - Potential for food and beverage companies to develop nano-smoothies that can extend shelf life and change flavors while also providing nutrient content.
3. Nanotech for Health - Emerging trend of nanotechnology being used to promote health through food fortification, creating disruptive innovation opportunities for healthcare providers and food industries alike.
Industry Implications
1. Food and Beverage - Opportunity for food and beverage companies to utilize nanotechnology in creating functional foods and extending the shelf life of their products.
2. Healthcare - Potential to apply nanotechnology to improve health outcomes and fight nutritional deficiencies, creating disruptive innovation opportunities for healthcare providers.
3. Nanotech Manufacturing - Nanoparticles have the potential to transform various industries, including cosmetics, paints, and biotech, with emerging opportunities for nanotech manufacturing companies to produce functional products and services.
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