Electric spoon could make veggies taste like chocolate or cheeseburgers

- Has the taste of broccoli, spinach or asparagus ever made you gag? Do you hate the taste of plain quinoa? And is kale pretty much the worst thing ever?

Making "healthy" food choices for many might be easier if certain fruits and veggies were as lip-smackingly delicious as a greasy burger or crunchy fries. Wouldn’t it be great if, say, a salad could taste like a piece of chocolate, instead?

British scientists say they're on the verge of a true futuristic food-lover's miracle. announcing a new spoon that can reportedly change the taste of any food being consumed. The “Taste Buddy” invention produces a low-level electrical current that stimulates the appropriate taste buds so that the mouth perceives sweet or salty flavors (and sends those signals to the brain)– even if they’re not really present.

The invention, which is being worked on by scientists at the University of London, was unveiled at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

The device could, in theory, be fitted for utensils such as cups, cans and cutlery. For now, the team is working on a prototype spoon.


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