Soon to be found in 100 Japanese drug stores

Check your intake of greens with ‘Veggie meter’

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.


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