Eating is the great equalizer: Everyone needs to eat to survive. And as medical science advances, we’re learning more about how what we eat can directly impact our health. Scientific innovations are helping us learn new ways we can improve our health while also greatly impacting the food and grocery industry.
It seems that new innovations in health and nutrition are happening every day. From new studies revealing the brain-gut connection to biotech that improves nutrition, the world of food is changing. Here’s a look at a few of the changes that are coming.
Wearable fitness tech
A wide range of wearable devices is available to help boost your health, along with plenty of apps to help you track that information. We’re all familiar with wearable devices that record our activity, but new innovations include necklaces that estimate how many calories we consume by listening to the sound of swallowing. While this technology is still being developed, it could help users get a better overall picture of their lifestyle and habits.
DNA-based nutritional profiling
Though the jury still seems to be out on this particular area of nutritional science, there are strong arguments on both sides of this developing trend. Several companies offer to analyze customers’ DNA to determine their best nutritional choices, although some scientists feel that science hasn’t progressed enough to provide significant information on customized nutrition based on DNA. Either way, it will be interesting to see where this technology will take us.
As scientists learn more about micronutrients, phenolic compounds, and nutraceuticals, the supplement market continues to grow. As more nutrients show exceptional health benefits, the process of standardization and regulation in the approval pipeline is also improving through Big Data, analytics, and cooperation and information-sharing among researchers across the globe. By improving the communications and computing power between these groups, we can collectively increase our understanding of treating medical conditions through better nutrition.
Nanotechnology increases nutrients
As specific compounds are linked with a wide range of benefits, the science of getting those compounds into a bioavailable format is becoming more important. One approach to this is nanotechnology, which helps address malnutrition and improves nutrition for those who have specific dietary needs due to illness or other medical conditions. In recent years, scientists from around the world have been sharing data and collaborating on research to quickly bring this new technology into the forefront of nutritional science.
These innovations are impacting the food industry right now, from your local grocery store to third-world countries whose populations suffer from malnutrition. What is your business doing to keep up with these changes?
Food tech is just one small part of the discussion we’re having in SAP’s Future of Food series and related presentations. Please feel free to join the conversation today to help your business stay on top of these disruptive changes.