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.