What makes a satisfying meal? Fat, salt, sugar, and flavor – not what diet food is known for. But according to New Scientist, some researchers are convinced that they can use nanotechnology to create foods that are highly satisfying without all the fat and calories.
At the UK’s Institute of Food Research, Vic Morris is leading research on how to use nanofoods to do things like make salts saltier, fats less fattening, and pack more nutrients into foods – all without compromising the taste and texture of your favorite foods. One of his thigh-friendly projects involves making emulsions – fats that are whipped into tiny droplets and coated with stabilizing protein, like mayonnaise and ice cream – remain intact until they hit the small intestine, where they trigger a response that makes us feel full. While many emulsions break down once they hit the stomach, reconfiguring them to stay intact longer through the digestive process is likely to make us feel fuller, longer, and with less food.
We’d love to eat only a few bites of our favorite, fattening foods and feel full for hours, but with so many nutritionists, dietitians, and food industry professionals urging us to move away from processed foods, it seems like nanofoods might be a step backwards.
via New Scientist, “The Taste of Tiny: Putting Nanofoods on the Menu”