Can 3D-printed foods improve quality of life and prevent malnutrition?

Some of Helsingborg’s oldest residents are trying some of the world’s newest foods – to see how 3D-printing technology might help us customize more appetizing meals for people with chewing and swallowing disorders.

Malnutrition due to loss of appetite, chewing and swallowing difficulties is common in older adults, for example, and others with difficulties chewing and swallowing food. But imagine a blueberry purée printed to look and feel just like real blueberries. Or bright green broccoli stalks or chicken drumsticks. And imagine knowing that no matter your age, health or chewing and swallowing difficulties – the food you are served is tailored to your specific nutritional needs.

To keep us healthy and happy as we grow older or less able to chew and swallow, we need foods that are nutritious and that look tasty and maintain their consistency when heated.

In the Future Meals project, we’ve partnered our local retirement homes with food scientists and 3D technology innovators, to place small, user-friendly 3D printers in kitchens that supply care units with meal components.

Read more about the project or get in touch to find out more about testing 3D-printed foods in Helsingborg.

”Many may feel that this sounds somewhat futuristic and may be skeptical about 3D-printed food. But it’s really not that strange. We use normal ingredients and the machine makes three-dimensional forms from them. It works like an automated piping bag.”

Evelina Höglund, Researcher at RISE Jordbruk & Livsmedel