Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2016

This groundbreaking technology will soon let us see exactly what’s in our food

food - SCiO says its scanner will tell you the percentage of fat,   carbohydrate,   protein and water found in cheese,   yogurt,   milk,   meat,   fruits and vegetables. (SCiO)

I have seen the future of food transparency, and it is optical. Also, it fits in your smartphone.

Imagine a scanner the size of a grain of rice, built into your phone. You go to the grocery store and point it at something you want to buy. If it’s an apple, the scanner will tell you what variety it is, how much vitamin C it has and how long it has been in cold storage. If it’s a fish, you’ll learn whether it’s really orange roughy or just tilapia being passed off as something more expensive. If it’s a muffin, the device will tell you whether there’s gluten in it.

Although you won’t be able to do it tomorrow, this isn’t some kind of distant Jetsonian vision of the future. I’ve held the rice-size scanner in my hand; it was built for only a few dollars. I’ve seen bigger, more robust versions of the scanner do the things that your smartphone will be able to do, probably during the administration of the president we’re deciding on right now.

Read the full story at Washington Post, by Tamar Haspel 

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