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Chocolate-flavored broccoli? 3D food printer could make it possible

A 3D food printing not only is it a reality but it has also become a competition in 16th edition of Campus Party Brazil .

O Printer Chef Brazil’s first 3D cooking competition, has participants use a 3D-printed food to compose the final dish, which will be evaluated by judges. This Wednesday’s (10) print was made with potatoes — a dough printed in thin squares that was then fried to make potato chips.

A CNN also tried the dulce de leche mixture printed on a cookie. Without lactose, the taste was identical to traditional dulce de leche.

Check out how the dulce de leche is printed:

Among the advantages of 3D food would be the possibility of producing foods based on isolated proteins, that is, foods with personalized nutritional content for those who are going to eat it.

This would make it possible to print a plant-based food that has the same proteins found in meat, for example, a technique already used by some vegan product brands.

“The machine itself works like a normal 3D printer, except that instead of printing plastic filament, it has an adaptation in the nozzle to print the food. It’s a dough that goes into a syringe and the printer squeezes it so that it comes out,” explained Pedro Brocaldi, technology brand leader in the marketing area at Ebac (British School of Creative Arts and Technology), a partner company of Printer Chef.

According to Brocaldi, this dough is made as if it were a “manipulated medicine”, that is, it is possible to choose which nutrients and proteins will be added to the printed food, which would help people with a deficiency of some nutrient or who need to follow very specific diets.

Furthermore, printing also allows for a multitude of different shapes and textures for food.

“For example, a child who has difficulty eating broccoli but loves chocolate. If you print broccoli that tastes like chocolate it’s easier,” he added.

Printer Chef at CPBR16

Two Printer Chef selections will take place between the 10th and 11th of the CCPBR16 to define the trio that will compete in the regional final on July 12th.

The winner of this selection will compete in the grand final of the competition with the winners of the Brasília and Amazônia editions on July 13th.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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