If you’re still mystified by the innovations in 3-D printing then you will probably be interested to hear what a company in Germany is doing with nursing home menus. The company Biozoon has concocted a way to make real 3-D printed food that actually tastes good for the residents at many local nursing homes.
CBS News reports about the “Smoothfood” originally created by Biozoon. The 3-D printed food was created out of a need for elderly nursing home patients to have more palatable pureed food. Smoothfood is pureed but formed in a way that it looks and reportedly tastes like real food without the choking risks solid food may pose on an elderly resident. The six foods that are currently being offered by the company are cauliflower, peas, chicken, pork, potatoes and pasta.
In an effort to spread the word about Smoothfood and have it adopted in more places, Biozoon is now working with 5 countries under a program called PERFORMANCE (PERsonalised FOod using Rapid MAnufacturing for the Nutrition of elderly ConsumErs.) Though many nursing homes have preferred to stick with the old fashioned and more economical way of pureeing foods, Mathias Kück, PERFORMANCE project coordinator and owner of Biozoon, explains why he feels it’s important to give his method a try. He says, “We found that because the meals are more appealing in terms of appearance and taste, people look forward to eating again. This is why PERFORMANCE wants to bring the smoothfood concept to the next level and industrialise it. Only then can we cut costs and also make it available for home care.”
What do you think of the 3-D printed food concept?
Do you think something like this can make eating more enjoyable for the elderly population in nursing homes?