April 26, 2016

Technology Trends: Food Science and Nutrition



Recent polls from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that more than one third of American adults over the age of 20 are obese, and over two thirds are overweight. With doctors learning less about nutrition and, in turn, teaching less to their patients, self-conducted research for information on food science and nutrition can be overwhelming.

The tech world has responded to the obesity epidemic and is working to elevate the conscious eating trend by creating resources to allow consumers to make healthy and affordable food decisions. While there is still no magical solution to solve all diet and nutrition problems, the road to conscious eating is getting easier with developers tackling the many facets of nutrition and food.

This week, we explore the latest trends in food science, consumption, and nutrition.

Portable sensors will tell you if there is gluten in your food – CNBC

The CDC estimates that 1 in 133 people have Celiac disease. For most people with Celiac disease, or gluten sensitivities, dining out can be a guessing game. While numerous restaurants are including a gluten-free menu, risks are still inherent, which is why 6Sensors Labs created Nima, the fastest portable gluten detector. By placing a sample of the food in Nima’s cartridge, Nima can detect the amount of gluten in food in just over two minutes.

6 Apps for Clean Eating – Paste Magazine

With over 1000 diet and nutrition apps available, finding the right one can be a guessing game. This article explores six of the best apps to achieve a clean-eating lifestyle. While most of the apps focus on scanning barcodes for nutritional facts or allergies, two focus on trip planning and creating a slower mindful eating habit.

Are We Ready for the Future of Food? – Innovation Endeavors

This tech innovation focuses on finding alternatives to animal-based products. These alternatives, however, are not simply plant-based products masquerading as animal substitutes; these innovations are bioengineered, cultured meat products and synthesized milk. This nontraditional food production can be cost efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances – Wareable

Big names like LG and Samsung pioneered smart appliances by adding Wi-Fi, connected apps, and interactive touchscreens to ovens and refrigerators. However, these products are still not universally appealing nor reasonably priced for consumers to upgrade their current stable kitchen equipment. In the meantime, smaller appliances and accessories have been launched to provide a more realistic point of entry for people who want to experiment with smart appliance cooking.

Drones to help farmers with weed control – Robohub

Dr José M. Peña, of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain, ran the EU-funded TOAS project, using drones to examine crop patterns, map out weed infestation, treat specific areas of farms, and monitor surrounding areas. Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – can be powerful tools for farmers. Currently in the US, commercial drones are grounded due to regulatory obstacles and privacy issues enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drones can be a low-cost, sustainable method to monitor crops and respond to issues as they occur, a move toward precision farming.