In a recent report called “Snack to the Future,” experts predicted that we could be eating “hyper-personalized” diets that are “fully bespoke to our individual nutritional needs” within the next 20 years. This could be achieved through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies such as BreathTech, which could allow “a deep level of insight” into the foods we should be eating.

One exciting possibility is that takeaways could be tasted virtually before they are ordered. This could be done by breathing on a smartphone to determine what is healthy. For example, if you are looking for a healthy takeaway option, you could breathe on your phone and it would tell you which takeaways are high in nutrients and low in calories.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) could also be used to enhance our dining experiences and make healthy eating more enjoyable. For example, VR and AR could be used to trick people who steer clear of vegetables into thinking they are eating chocolate or sweets instead. A VR headset could create a realistic simulation of eating a piece of chocolate cake, even though the person is actually eating a plate of broccoli.

If someone wanted to cut down on alcohol, then “wine” cordials, which mimic the taste and flavor profile of real wine, might be introduced. These cordials would be made with non-alcoholic ingredients, but they would still taste like real wine.

The report also envisages VR dinner parties, allowing consumers to create dream scenarios, perhaps involving celebrities. For example, you could attend a VR dinner party with your favorite celebrity chef and learn how to cook their signature dishes.

The future of food is exciting and full of possibilities. With the help of technology, we could be eating healthier and more personalized diets in no time. Virtual taste testing could revolutionize the way we experience food and make healthy eating more accessible and enjoyable.