chapter  7
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Opportunities.for.Bionanotechnology.in.Food.and.the.Food.Industry

Western. societies. face. large. challenges. with. respect. to. health. care. and. the. well-being. of. their. citizens..Food-related.diseases. like.obesity.and.diabetes.will. create. serious.problems;. the.aging. population.will.require.special.nutrition.to.maintain.quality.of.life;.food.quality.and.safety.is.an. increasingly.important.issue;.lifestyle.requirements.will.have.to.be.addressed;.and.sustainability. of. food. production. and. processing. requires. continuous. attention.. Bionanotechnology. can. make. important.contributions.to.the.fulfillment.of.these.challenges..It.will.allow.detection.systems.with. improved.sensitivity.and.specificity.with.which.food.quality.can.be.assured.and.processes.can.be. controlled. more. accurately.. Application. of. bionanotechnology. will. make. separation. and. certain. processing.steps.more.efficient.and.will.open.up.possibilities.for.new.products..Derived.from.drug. delivery.systems,.envelopes.for.the.delivery.of.nutrients.can.be.designed.that.will.improve.uptake. by.the.consumer..Nanoscale.control.of.structures.will.allow.tailoring.the.texture.of.food.products.