Electronic Spoon Can Make Vegetables Taste Like Chocolate
Scientists at the University of London are developing a new high-tech brand of cutlery that could seriously curb your salty and sweet cravings. Taste Buddy uses a low-level electrical current to stimulate the tongue’s taste buds — to fool people into thinking they are trying sweet or salty flavors, basically making vegetables taste like chocolate – or whatever you want them to taste like.
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I love the idea of a spoon that stimulates taste receptors because it addresses the psychology of hunger which is the most commonly ignored weight loss obstacle.
There are other, simpler calorie-free ways to stimulate taste receptors and curb cravings. My favorite ones are:
- Textures – the smooth surface of frozen blueberries sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes has an incredible mouth feel that beats an ice cream sundae with sprinkles
- Bubbles – club soda tingles in your mouth and the bubbly feel lingers all the way down to your belly and suppresses cravings much better than water – try adding a slice of fresh lemon
- Temperature Contrasts – put an ice-cold frozen raspberry on a spoonful of piping hot whole grain oatmeal – it’s like bread pudding with a gumdrop on top
- Spices – add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder to your coffee
- Aromas – try a sweetly scented candle
- Extracts – I put almond or vanilla extract into my coffee grounds before brewing
So before using a spoon that zaps your tastebuds try the low-tech approach to calorie-free craving crushers.