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(NaturalNews) The scientific community has once again caught
-tampering fever. Recent reports indicate that scientists are
busy developing nanoparticle-modified (NM) food that could one day end
up on your dinner plate — and you may never even know about it. By
shifting around nanoparticles, food scientists say that fat-free foods
can taste like full-fat foods, and they can be programmed to digest more
slowly–two changes that some say may help reverse the obesity
epidemic.


But most of this research
is going on in secret because of fears over how the public will
respond. Like genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), nano-modifying food
involves literally changing its molecular properties, which has never
been proven safe. So naturally, consumers are likely to reject NM food
if given the choice.

"These particles could be hazardous and we need to know more about their effects both in the body and in the environment," said Frans Kampers, coordinator of research on food nanotechnology
at Wageningen and Research Center in the Netherlands. "Since these
particles are very small, they can…enter cells or even the nucleus of a
cell if they have the right characteristics."

The stated goal of nanotechnology research in food is to create foods
that behave differently than real ones in terms of digestion,
assimilation, taste and nutritional value. By altering the
"nano-structure" of food, so to speak, NM food can be programmed to make
people feel fuller faster, for instance. And nutrients in food can also
be nano-encapsulated to release at timed intervals to specific parts of
the body.

Even though NM food has yet to see the light day, the
(EU) is already taking proactive steps to make sure that,
if it does make it to consumers, NM food will at least be regulated and
labeled. Thus, the EU has developed a research project called NanoLyse
to address the "very limited knowledge [that is] available on the
potential impact of engineered nanoparticles on consumers’ health."

Sources for this story include:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS…