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Future Food Products of Biotechnology

The evolution of biotech products for the well being and satisfaction of humans is ever increasing. Biotechnology has always focused on developing the existing products into more prevailing versions which were not existing before. In this post we will discuss about the recent products developed in biotech industry by using various methodologies. One would be able to see these biotechnology products in market in the next 5-15 years with the help of various scale up strategies of industrial biotechnology.  The following are the list of some magical products turned into reality which are related to biotechnology that you can see in the near future.

1. Lactose free dairy products

Are you lactose intolerant but love dairy products like cheese, yoghurt, milk? Lactose intolerance is basically the condition in which there is a disability of the digestive system in breaking down the sugar lactose into glucose and galactose. According to the National Institute of Health, around 65% of human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose.

Well biotechnology has been providing a solution to that which is producing lactose free milk. Lactose free dairy products provide you with an excellent range of dairy products without lactose. The lactose free dairy products prove to be quite advantageous as it prevents the nasty symptoms of lactose intolerance when it is consumed. The lactose in dairy product is broken down into glucose and galactose by the enzyme lactase in lactose free products. It should be noted that lactose cannot be removed from the milk entirely. A tiny amount of lactose is always present in lactose free products but that may not cause uneasiness to the people having lactose intolerance.

Have you ever wondered about getting milk without using cows or other farm animals? Well it is possible now with the discovery of cow free milk. A cow free milk is one of the most unique product of biotechnology. The genetically modified strains of yeast are fermented to produce lactose free milk. It does not require any kind of farm animals and thus can prevent various amounts of ethical issues related to animals. However, the cow free milk products are yet to hit the market.

2. Genetically modified chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most loved food product all over the world. It is extracted from cacao plants and eventually turned into cacoa powder by using specific methodologies for the process of manufacturing chocolate.

According to the business insider, there would be no more chocolates left after 40 years as the cacao plantations are on the verge of extinction due to getting infected by a type of fungus. The cacao plantations are also not able to survive the changing climatic conditions.

But there is a catch...

The technology of CRISPR is being used to generate genetically modified cacao plant that are resistant to diseases. Scientists promise that the genetically modified chocolate may have additional health benefits alongwith a better taste. Well we would love to have a tastier version of chocolate without it getting lost.

3. Cultured meat

According to the FAO, the demand for meat is expected to increase by more than two third in the near future. Secondly, meat is often obtained by slaughtering animals and thus some people do not prefer killing animals for the sake of eating. Hence, there have always been a need to develop an alternative for meat. Meat soy or plant derived products have been proved to be a better alternative for meat without actually killing the animals. The taste that these alternatives provide are near to that of meat but not the exact.

A cultured meat is the lab grown mass of cells obtained from a desired animal. It can prove to be a game changer for meat industries as the cultured meat do not require the rearing of animals. The stem cells are extracted from the tissue if a desired animal and cultured in laboratory under suitable conditions to produce a mass that could be equivalent to a proper animal meat in terms of taste as well as appearance. The vegans are surely going to love this product once they come in the market.

These products have literally gained a lot of attention of biotechnology companies as these looks like next generation food products.

REFERENCES

1. Erin Brodwin, "Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years", Business insider, 21 December 2017.

2. G. Owen Schaefer, "Lab Grown Meat", Scientific American, 14 September 2018.

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