For those who doubt they are getting enough vegetables in their diet, there is a drug store operator will introduce a fingertip-reading device that tells you. Kirindo Holdings Co.'s "Veggie meter," which was produced and developed by a US firm, is being sold in Japan by Tokyo-based trading company Altech Co.
After inserting a fingertip into the device for about 10 seconds, the amount of carotenoids in the skin is measured. Carotenoids, a type of antioxidant substance that protects cells, are contained in many fruits and vegetables and give them color. White light-emitting diodes (LED) are used to measure the amount.
According to Altech, medical institutions already plan to purchase the device for regular and complete medical check-ups, while Kirindo Holdings will be the first to introduce the product in Japan. The company will use the device as part of a trial for digitally measuring the effectiveness of vegetable drinks, as well as for semi-regular health seminars.
"We hope to introduce about 100 of the devices, including those for use in our drug stores," said Toyohiko Teranishi, president of Kirindo Holdings.