The Taste Buddy is being developed to manipulate your taste buds and make everything more delicious

Getting kids to eat their vegetables has always been a struggle, but that could soon change. A new invention dubbed the ‘Taste Buddy,’ currently under development by scientists at the University of London to be displayed at the Big Bang Fair, promises to make all food taste great, regardless of what you are eating.

The device—which is being engineered to fit within everyday utensils in a discrete fashion—stimulates the taste buds to make tofu taste like steak, or even chocolate. Certain tangs such as sour or salty flavors are recognized when the receptors on the tongue respond to the reaction between saliva and the acidity of hydrogen and sodium. Exploiting these chemical reactions, the Taste Buddy uses electrical stimulations tuned to a certain frequency to trick the tongue into thinking its eating something else.

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