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Frontiers explores new ideas in science, meeting the researchers who see the world through fresh eyes and challenge existing theories - as well as hearing from their critics. Many such developments create new ethical and moral questions and Frontiers is not afraid to consider these.
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Monday 20 October 2008
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Nanofoods

Imagine a drink that looks like water but can be whatever taste and colour you want. At the press of a microwave button, miniscule capsules carrying the ingredients of your choice release their contents into the drink, while the others remain intact.

It sounds like the stuff of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but something approaching this drink is reputedly in development.

Food scientists are tinkering with foods at the ‘nano’ scale, changing the way they taste and feel, and even improving their nutritional content. Low salt and low fat products that taste like their higher salt and fat counterparts are already being taste tested.

In this week’s Frontiers, Sue Broom asks the food industry and researchers why they are making use of the quirky physical laws of the extremely small to create these 'nano' foods.

The public outcry over genetically modified foods is a stark reminder of how much people care about what they eat. So does the British consumer want foods created using nanotechnology, and are they safe to eat?

The European Food Safety Authority is now bracing itself for 'nano' foods, and has just released their report for public consultation on the potential risks involved.
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