Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center, Turkey
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nutr Food Sci
Healthy diet is literally indispensible to sustain a healthy life. However, it is always an issue to reach reliable and sustainable food sources and to keep the food fresh longer and get the maximum benefits from them due to the problems of modern world with increasing human population, industries and technology. Thus, there is an urgent need for innovative solutions to supply the food of high quality. In this sense, use of nanotechnology is very important and it is considered as an enabling technology to contribute food technology. Currently, nanotechnology has evolved more to the food industry in the areas of food production, processing, conservation, packaging, safety, sensing, nutraceuticals delivery and functional food etc. There are variety of nanosystems including quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanofibres, nanocapsules or nanoemulsions which are designed to take the role for developing better methods to enhance the food quality and quantity. Graphene derivatives are class of one of these nanosystems which have been recently under investigation to serve in nutrition industry. Recent studies have proved that it is possible to get incremental benefits from use of such nanosystems in food industry, in a very large span from therapy to agricultural production. However, it is always an issue of debate to cope with the possible disadvantages of such systems since technology brings the problems along with its solutions. Thus, to minimize these problems is another issue. My talk will focus on the use of nanotechnology in the area of nutrition and will shortly debate its advantages, possible unfavorable outcomes and solutions.
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