A new device, known as the Taste Buddy, has been developed (but is not yet on the market), that makes all foods you put in your mouth taste delicious.
This could new device could well be a game changer for those suffering from obesity and trying to lose weight, but are having trouble resisting their cravings.
The device, which has been designed by scientists at City University in London, sends electrical signals that stimulate the taste buds and make you think you’re eating something delicious.
With this device, even carrots might be able to taste like delicious cheesecake.
Professor Adrian Cheok, from City University of London, who helped create the device, stated:
“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.”
In order to make a food taste sweet, the Taste Buddy warms up very rapidly, which tricks the tastebuds into thinking you’re consuming something decadent.
To make a food taste salty, the Taste Buddy sends a weak electrical current, which will help satisfy those who find themselves unable to resist savory foods.
The device itself is less than one inch wide and sits on the tongue. It is hooked up to a processor, which allows the user to decide what type of food they would like to taste.
It is presumed the user will then eat the food with the taste buddy in their mouth, which could make for an awkward meal time.
Despite the awkwardness, it is assumed the Taste Buddy will undergo many more stages of testing before it is available to the general public.
However, those curious will be able to test it out for themselves at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham, which will run from March 15 to 18 of 2017.