Indulge without the bulge!

Do you have a sweet tooth but daren’t indulge your cravings due to the fear of cavities or high blood sugar? Researchers in Singapore may have the answer!    digital-taste.jpg Scientist Nimesha Ranasinghe from the National University of Singapore has developed a digital taste simulator that can mimic the four primary tastes, sweet, sour, salty and bitter. The device uses electric currents to change the temperature of the tongue and stimulate the taste buds.

Not just for the sugar addicts…

The taste stimulator would be perfect for diabetics who cannot have sugar due to the dangers of high blood sugar, and it could also help people whose sense of taste has diminished due to age or medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Randall Reed, director for the Center of Sensory Biology and professor of Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University has suggested that the technology could pave the way to the invention of a willy Wonka-like sweet that could cycle through taste sensations while you are eating it, although Mr Reed did add that it will be a while before a Christmas dinner can be delivered in the form of a pill! Lead researcher Nimesha Ranasinghe is currently reinventing the aesthetic design of the stimulator to make it resemble a traditional hand held digital lollipop and has even suggested that one day people may be able to lick their TV screen or smart phone to taste virtual products. Additions of smell and texture could heighten the experience further, and could bring a new meaning to “interactive movies” in cinemas. If you live in Cheshire and are worried that your sugar cravings have had a less than positive effect on your teeth, call Higher Lane Dental Practice today on 01925 752209 orcontact us online. Give your smile the makeover it deserves!

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