10 High-Tech Foods We Will Be Eating in the Future

Injoy News | Dec. 13, 2017

Scientists and futurists insist that thanks tou00a0the problems ofu00a0overpopulation and limited resources, weu00a0need tou00a0rethink what weu00a0are eating every day. Research inu00a0the food industry and rapid advancement ofu00a0technology provide new perspectives onu00a0what weu00a0will beu00a0putting onu00a0our plates inu00a0the future.

Weu00a0atu00a0 Bright Side collected some ideas about the food weu2019ll beu00a0eating inu00a0the future. Read our list until the end, beu00a0surprised, and find au00a0bonus atu00a0the bottom ofu00a0the list.

1. Insects

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According tou00a0this in-depth report from the UNu00a0Food and Agriculture Organization, insects are already being consumed byu00a0atu00a0least 2u00a0billion people. Although some people might beu00a0disgusted byu00a0the thought ofu00a0eating insects, they are high inu00a0fat, protein, vitamin, fiber, and mineral content.

Besides, consuming insects isu00a0more environmentally friendly than consuming livestock, and some ofu00a0them taste surprisingly like products weu00a0are usedu00a0to: apple, bacon, peanut butter, oru00a0fish.

2. Algae: growing your own food when breathing

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Most algae (e.g. seaweed) contain au00a0high amount ofu00a0omega-3 fatty acid, anu00a0essential nutrient with au00a0lot ofu00a0health benefits. Inventors and designers Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta went asu00a0far asu00a0suggesting that humans can grow their own algae while breathing when wearing au00a0special mask. Inu00a0au00a0performance atu00a0the V&A Museum inu00a0London, they demonstrated how anu00a0opera singer can fuel algae growth inu00a0the mask.

3. Lab-grown meat

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Producing meat inu00a0au00a0lab isu00a0au00a0way tou00a0combat environmental issues: greenhouse gas emissions, overfishing, and animal welfare concerns. Au00a0company called Memphis Meats already produces laboratory-grown meatballs using stem cells from animals (obtained via au00a0painless biopsy). The price for making 450u00a0g ofu00a0meat reached $2,400.

4. 3D-printed living food

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3-dimensional printers can create objects from plastic and metal, and they can also print, cook, and serve foods. The Dutch designer Chloe Rutzerfeld suggests blending food, gardening, and 3Du00a0printing. First, au00a0dough-based outer casing containing edible soil and various seeds isu00a0printed. After au00a0few days, the seeds start growing and poke out ofu00a0small holes inu00a0the case. However, this design isu00a0currently inu00a0the concept stage.

5. Self-decomposing food packages

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Itu00a0takes several years for packages tou00a0decompose naturally. The Sweden-based company Tomorrow Machine has au00a0solution for that. They offer oil packages made from caramelized sugar and wax, smoothie packages made from seaweed and water, and rice packages made ofu00a0biodegradable beeswax. These packages have the same life span asu00a0the food they contain.

6. Edible water bottles

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Au00a0London-based seaweed-tech startup has au00a0plan tou00a0substitute plastic bottles with edible water bottles made with seaweed. Once onu00a0the market, this package can beu00a0used for other liquids such asu00a0spirits and cosmetics. Seaweed asu00a0au00a0packaging material isu00a0actually cheaper than plastic.

7. Sonic-enhanced food

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Au00a0study conducted byu00a0Oxford University provided proof that food can taste more oru00a0less bitter depending onu00a0au00a0background soundtrack. More widespread uses are suggested, such asu00a0using music tou00a0remove unhealthy ingredients without people noticing.

8. Fake fish and seafood

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Not only meat can beu00a0grown inu00a0au00a0labu00a0u2014 fish can beu00a0produced there asu00a0well. Inu00a02002, au00a0group ofu00a0scientists atu00a0Touro College managed tou00a0create small fish filets byu00a0dipping goldfish muscle into au00a0fetal bovine serum. New Wave Foods has already created au00a0fake shrimp made from anu00a0algae-based substitute and isu00a0working onu00a0creating lobster and crab.

9. Healthy food

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Weu00a0are often not aware ofu00a0exactly what weu00a0are eating. The TellSpec food scanner solves this problem byu00a0showing customers the contents ofu00a0the food onu00a0their plate. You simply point the device atu00a0au00a0food item, and the device warns you about chemicals and allergens and helps you track your vitamin intake. The scanner can beu00a0pre-ordered, and, ifu00a0itu00a0turns out tou00a0beu00a0successful, itu00a0will hopefully become available for more people inu00a0the future.

10. DNA-based diet

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Ifu00a0DNA sequencing becomes cheaper and possible tou00a0dou00a0atu00a0home, weu00a0could use anu00a0app tou00a0know which food tou00a0eat tou00a0beu00a0more productive, sleep better, feel healthier, and know which food tou00a0avoid atu00a0all costs. Since everyone isu00a0genetically different, there isu00a0nou00a0single diet appropriate for all ofu00a0us. There are already companies out there specializing inu00a0creating such au00a0diet.

Bonus: chewable coffee

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One product whichu00a0IS already available onu00a0the market isu00a0au00a0chewable coffee substitute. The creators claim that itu00a0helps tou00a0improve focus and support optimal cognitive performance. Who wouldnu2019t want tou00a0have coffee you can put inu00a0your pocket?!

Which products onu00a0this list can you see yourself eating inu00a0the future? Share your opinion inu00a0the comments!

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