Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Nano Foods

PostedMay 8, 2011

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Randy Atkins: Nanotechnology might allow more control over how our bodies use food, says Rod Hill of the University of Idaho.

Rod Hill: These are materials that a physicist can make or an engineer can make and the scale that they make those materials at, this nanoscale, is almost identical to the scale of the molecules that occur in our bodies.

Randy Atkins: Hill says tiny structures might be designed to hold onto certain food chemicals that provide taste but little nutrition…letting them just pass through your body.

Rod Hill: You could actually get the same flavor sensation, but with a whole lot less of that stuff that’s actually bad for you.

Randy Atkins: Hill says more research is needed, though, to determine both the best way to make such products and any health implications. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.