Technology changes what you eat by influencing the taste, appearance or even the experience of what you take into your stomach. Because people have engaged technology in many other areas, it makes sense to employ it in peoples’ relationship with food as well. In fact, more people are now thinking about how food looks or even how it can be made to look better. This is quite evident in photos that spread on social media and other food networks every day.
Knowing What’s Inside Your Meal
People shop for food at grocery stores without stopping to think about the ingredient contained therein. However, there’s a small segment of consumers who are health-conscious about what they eat. He reckons that checking food label can be time-consuming and even confusing, given the massive amount of information that’s slapped on the label.
However, there are dozens of device-makers coming up with tools that serve as sophisticated sensors that detect what the ingredients are. Startups in San Fransisco are planning to come up with a commercial portable allergic sensor that will be able to pick up signs of gluten in food. Such tools are designed to bring relief to people suffering from gluten-intolerance or those with serious cases of the Celiac disease.
Another company called TellSpec says it has developed a unique technology that can help determine what’s inside food, including chemicals, allergens, and calories. However, TellSpec is not the only participant in the race. Other companies like lSCiO (based in Israel) raised crowd-funding dollars in 2014 to pursue a similar idea.
Enhancing Your Knowledge of Food
It’s all in the news out there. Every month consumers are informed that a certain food group or category caused or healed cancer. Yet again, there is the usual controversy surrounding drinks like red wine, coffee and so on. But who has enough time to dedicate in sorting out all this information?
Well, you’ll be surprised to learn that different mobile apps have emerged, and they’re processing this data and presenting it in a consumer-friendly way.
Another mobile app called Fooducate allows shoppers to scan food at the grocery shop and assign it a grade. This is typically between A and D. These grades are assigned based on the breakdown of ingredients used, calorie count, in addition to a comprehensive list of healthier food alternatives.
If you want to test how good you are when it comes to food knowledge, then there’s Health IQ. Once you download the app, you are given an opportunity to tackle over 10k medical questions on different topics such as childhood health, food allergies, and portion control.
But technology has seen much more similar apps emerging to help the consumer sort information, or even connect with a nutritionist.
A mobile app called Rise has been connecting consumers to nutritionists for a long time now. Beside this, it has been helping consumers track their food consumption on a daily basis while giving helpful tips or suggestions on how one can eat better to stay healthier. However, the flip-side of using this app is that you’ll have to be comfortable taking photos of what you eat.
Myriads of food products showing up, thanks to technology;
Go to Silicon Valley and you’ll meet entrepreneurs putting big bets on the food science industry. Right now, they are using healthier but cost-effective methods in experimenting potential solutions.
In fact, a certain group of companies have emerged today and are working tirelessly to bring animal product alternatives. Take the example of Clara and Hampton Creek. These two companies have since developed substitutes for those who can’t eat eggs sighting reasons related to high cholesterol and fat. Likewise, another company has taken it a notch higher to create a highly nutritious liquid meal replacement that is aimed at tech workers who don’t have time to catch up with solid meals.
And as if this is not enough, other companies are giving edible insects a shot, although this takes a strong stomach to fathom. They’ve been making cricket flour for some time, and it’s said that this type of flour is high in protein and is gluten-free. Bitty Foods has also joined the bandwagon, and they’re vouching for cricket flour which could partially replace regular baking flour used in pastries.
Technology is your friend when it comes to helping you prepare meals;
Those who want to drop pounds are advised to eat more at home than in restaurants. When you prepare your own meal, you have control over how much salt, oil, and sweeteners you use.
But still, many people think cooking requires a massive time investment, which is true especially in a fast-paced world where people are busy with their career lives.
Silicon Valley is still believed to have the ultimate solution for those who don’t want to go through traditional cooking. Smart appliances such as Nomiku, June, sous-vide, and others are saving you from the pain of preparing food. June sends you a text message as soon as your steak is brought to perfection. You can also monitor how it’s cooking through a live video stream, so you never have to be in the kitchen all the time.
A crazier approach is seen in how Sous-vide method works. They say this method lets you prepare food in a vacuum-sealed bag with temperature-controlled water. This method might take a long time to cook food, although many chefs vouch for it.
Food delivery apps have exploded into the market to give consumers a choice when it comes to how they order food. These apps can be sorted out into 3 categories. These are apps, websites, and services aimed at delivering restaurant food to the consumer at home or wherever they are. Some of these services have also specialized in delivering farm-fresh ingredients to a specific segment of clientele who are health-conscious. In other words, they put more priority on health even if it means charging a little bit more than what their competitors are charging.
It is true that technology has changed how you eat to achieve a common goal. It is even likely that new technology will continue influencing food, how it’s prepared and consumed. As for now, this is just a tip of the iceberg, and more should be expected on the way. Whether you are a foodie or not, you will find some convenience in what technology is doing in relation to food.