It’s a real problem, healthy food is sometime bland and unappealing, which is why junk food is often chosen.
Unfortunately too much junk food can lead to weight gain and various other issues. Now there is a supposed solution in the form of the Taste Buddy.
The Taste Buddy is a new device that promises to help turn unappetising healthy foods into delicious treats.
Once placed in your mouth, it will emit a thermal and electric signal that can stimulate your taste buds.
How does the Taste Buddy work?
At present the prototype can only imitate sweet or salty tastes, but it is hoped that future versions will be able to completely transform bland food into something more interesting.
The prototype currently is a 2 cm wide tab that sits directly onto you tongue. This is then wired to a processor.
To increase the sweetness the device will warm quickly, stimulating the specific taste receptors on your tongue, which react to this heat.
For salty flavours a weak electric current is used.
Professor Adrian Cheok, from the University of London had this to say about his creation:
“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 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.”
With the obesity epidemic that currently faces us, new technology like this is welcome. Whether it works or not remains to be seen.
What we do know, however is that if it does work as claimed it could go some way to helping change how we view food.
Can you test out the Taste Buddy?
The Taste Buddy is currently in a prototype stage but it is possible to try it out yourself.
The prototype will be available to try at the The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, between the dates of March 15-18, 2017.
This event is aimed at younger people, and is being held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.