If there’s one thing I’m sure that most people can relate to, it’s that you would probably rather eat ice cream than your vegetables.
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Unfortunately that’s a surefire way to get fat and unhealthy, so you’ve gotta (probably reluctantly) eat your vegetables. However, there’s a way to get around this problem thanks to a new electric spoon which stimulates your tastebuds so that eating vegetables actually taste really sweet. A low level electric current tricks the tastebuds into experiencing salty or sweet flavours, despite the fact they’re not really there. Awesome.
The technology has been developed by Professor Adrian Cheok (pictured testing the device in the lab below) in the University Of London:
What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact.
The Taste Buddy (great name) could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices.
Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate.
Just like the microchip, we’re hoping to make the taste buddy smaller and smaller, to eventually fit within cutlery, fizzy drink cans, utensils and cups, and to be powered by a bluetooth device, to choose the levels of taste you’d like.
Wow – this is some seriously revolutionary technology that could change the entire way that we live. Imagine eating some crappy Caesar salad but instead it tastes like the juiciest most awesome cheeseburger in history?
It’s probably a long way until something that drastic can happen sure, but it’s great to think we might be on the way to getting there and maybe even seeing one aspect of this technology really soon. You can complain that it’s not real/authentic, but it’s up to you whether you choose to partake in it or not and it’s just great to have the option if you ask me. Can’t wait.
Until then, why not check out this nutritious seaweed that tastes like bacon? Not sure why that never took off.