September 17, 2003, just-food.com:
Japan has taken the additives craze, which began with
addition of vitamins and minerals to regular food and
drink, to the next level. Now amino acids, vitamins,
and foods such as caffeine and seaweed are being added
into T-shirts and other garments.
Food companies, such as Ajinomoto, have seen their
business supplying clothes makers with food ingredients
grow massively since the Japanese public started buying
food impregnated clothes last year. The makers claim
that such ingredients can be absorbed through the skin
but warn that they are no substitute for a regular diet.
Doctors and scientists meanwhile remain highly sceptical
that the clothes have any nutritional value.