Fully customizable meals can easily become a reality in the next few years. 3D printing technology will be as common in our kitchens as microwaves and ovens, as soon as the initial skepticism is overcome. Will 3D printed meals be the food of the future?
The 3D printing process transforms edible pasts, powders and gels, made of ingredients as diverse as chocolate, vegetables or animal proteins, into proper meals. Scientists and chefs have been working together to create visually attractive and nutrient-rich meals.
Digital food can address some of the current food industry’s challenges, such as the ecological sustainability of food production or the nutritional deficiencies in developing nations’ inhabitants.