Eating is not new. Humans have been doing it for millennia and you have been doing it since you were born. Actually, with all that experience, you must be a pro at it. One might even call you an eating trendsetter, right? Think again! I hate to break it to you, but the way you have been eating is so 2016. It is time to get with the program and join millions of people around the world who are exploring new ways to enjoy their food, engage with each other, and have digitally immersive food experiences.

You eat so pretty 

Feeling lonely and hungry, but you have no one to eat with? Try a Mukbang video. Originating in South Korea, Mukbang (eating broadcasts) let you interact with someone as they eat on camera. You get the experience and benefits of communal eating without the social pressures or annoying debates over how to split the bill. Mukbang have crossed the seas and are taking the US by storm. Maybe next time you are bored in your corporate cafeteria, you could shoot or watch a Mukbang broadcast and feel like you are eating with hundreds of your friends.

Dine with a dinosaur 

Are you a history buff or just a huge Flintstone’s fan?  Using virtual reality, you could dine with dinosaurs from the comfort of your own home.  Not only could you rub elbows with Dino and Fred, but you could also trick your mind into thinking that the diet food you are eating is actually the nutritious and delicious food of your dreams. Don’t believe me?  Folks like Project Nourished are already developing new tech that allows you to experience dining in a whole new way without caloric intake; while maintaining taste, smell and touch.  It may seem like science fiction, but you could be chowing down in Bedrock before you know it.

But, I gotta work…

VR seems all well and good when you are at home, but, like the majority of Americans, you spend a lot of time at the office.  What are you supposed to do then?  You are in luck!  Guckenheimer, a corporate food service company who has got this whole virtual dining thing down pat, is beginning its own inroads into the virtual reality space.  They have already begun to use VR to get the tastebuds watering of new clients by virtually transporting them into their cafes.  Who knows what’s next?!  If I were you, I would be on the lookout for Guckenheimer to change your perspective of what corporate dining can be.

So why should you care about changing up the way you eat? Because it could improve your overall wellbeing. Research has found that when you enjoy the food you are eating, your body actually absorbs more nutrients.  Your surroundings play a huge role in how your food tastes because eating truly involves all of your senses.  So strap into your VR headset and grab a fork.  It may just be your ticket to a happier and healthier you.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art,” François de La Rochefoucau

Sources:
http://www.thefoodrush.com/blog/the-new-virtual-reality-dining-craze/
https://catersales.co.uk/how-vr-will-change-your-dining-experience/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/14/health-benefits-eating-together/
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mukbang
http://www.projectnourished.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/20/opinion/go-with-your-gut.html