You can spice up meals with real vitamins, nutrients

You can now spice up meals with real nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to derive direct health benefits, thanks to a new method.

Srinivas Janaswamy`s method involves creating crystalline-like fibres to embed nutritional supplements (nutraceuticals) and protect them from degradation.

The encapsulated fibres could then be chopped into small particles. Diners could reach for the resveratrol or curcumin the same way as they might for salt or pepper, he said.

`Once the nutraceutical is enveloped, it is thermally protected. Anything of interest can be used, even drug molecules, vitamins or hormones,` said Janaswamy, assistant professor of food science at Purdue University, the journal Food & Function reports.

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