Taste Bud-Hacking Gadget Could Make Vegetables Taste Like Crisps

By Gary Cutlack on at

Scientists are working bravely away on hacking the body, hoping that a gadget might one day be able to fool our taste buds and therefore our brains into thinking that healthy food tastes just as nice as processed meats bathed in glorious salts and emulsifiers.

They've even given it a cool name so it's ready for Kickstarter -- the Taste Buddy. The idea is that it goes in the mouth and gives out thermal and electric signals that interfere with the current tasting process, perhaps making mushroom soup taste like partially chewed-up jam doughnuts.

The device currently mimics sweet and salty tastes, so should be able to tell our stupid brains that some steamed bit of greenery is in fact a cheese and onion crisp.

Professor Adrian Cheok said it started out as a fun experiment, but soon turned into a pioneering bit of research that could enhance the health of the planet. He said: "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."

Which is rubbish. Children learn to hate the taste of vegetables from poor parenting and fat dads telling them it's OK to leave the salad, they're not born disliking broccoli. Gadgets can't fix shit parents, and telling kids everything in life has to taste like chocolate is not the cure to them all being fat. [PA]

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