“Light Snack” — The Discovery Files

As consumers, we want to see the food we are buying. But, this amenity might just be at the expense of the food. Scientists at Virginia Tech have provided significant evidence that light can alter the taste, color and odor of food items, so the see-through packaging common in grocery store aisles could put our food in harm’s way. But there is hope… the food scientists have started looking at alternative packaging methods and are hoping collaboration with materials scientists will reveal safer containment for our food.