Print healthy meals pronto

Women's Health Australia - - HEALTH - WH

For­get or­der­ing take­away when you’re too ex­hausted to cook. The next big thing in kitchens is 3D food printers, de­signed to make healthy meals at the press of a but­ton. US com­pany Nat­u­ral Ma­chines is lead­ing the charge with a de­vice called Foo­d­ini that uses fresh in­gre­di­ents to print health­ier ver­sions of pro­cessed foods such as burgers, pizza and pasta. The ma­chine is al­ready avail­able for pro­fes­sional kitchens and a con­sumer ver­sion is in the works, with the com­pany pre­dict­ing they’ll be as stan­dard as mi­crowaves within 10 to 15 years. Wow! When they do ar­rive, Evans says it’s likely 3D printers will act as a per­sonal nutritionist, con­nect­ing with ev­ery­thing from our Fit­bits to fridges to plan and print tai­lored meals – like a pro­tein bar that packs the ex­act nu­tri­ents your body needs post-run. “Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, in con­junc­tion with the sen­sors we have ei­ther in ap­pli­ca­tions or on our body and de­vices like 3D printers, could cus­tomise your nu­tri­tional in­take based on what’s hap­pen­ing in your body right now and whether you’re try­ing to get well, get fit­ter or cure an ill­ness,” Evans says. Mind-blow­ing. Your move: This app can’t cook your meals, but it can tell you how to op­ti­mise them: down­load Hapi­coach (free, App Store and Google Play), snap pics of your meals and a nutritionist will pro­vide feed­back to help im­prove your eat­ing habits. Now that’s cus­tomer ser­vice!

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