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In the presence of other people, a person eats often and in small portions

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Scientists from Tokyo University conducted an experiment to find out how the presence of other people affects a person’s lunch habits. As a result, it became known that subjects in this case begin to eat often and in small portions.

The study involved 59 people divided into groups. Both categories were given potato chips, but some were eaten alone and others in pairs. During the experiment, the subjects were placed in a room separated by screens. They did not see each other and were unable to copy the behaviour. The study found a pattern – those who ate more chips alone ate more chips at a time, but ate them less often. Previously, Japanese scientists had conducted similar experiments under the guidance of Yukiko Ogura but with the participation of birds. It turns out that people are just as inclined to behave at the table when under the supervision of outsiders as chickens.

Scientists attribute these tendencies to rivalry among species. According to experts, humans perceive outsiders as rivals during meals, so they eat frequently. However, over the centuries, people developed a habit of uniting because in groups they could resist enemies, including predatory animals, which helped not to die from hunger.

Dutch scientists invented the snack of the future – jellyfish chips.


The Chinese are famous for their exotic culinary preferences. For example, a special kind of Rhizostomae jellyfish cornrots is considered their usual food, from which they cook soups and add as one of the ingredients in salads. However, in the West such a delicacy did not come to the table, so Dutch researchers decided to fundamentally reverse the situation with culinary preferences of Europeans.

Dutch scientists invented the snack of the future – jellyfish chips.

Jellyfish as a main course is served live, seasoned with different spices, or marinated in a special solution, the secret of which the venerable chefs keep as the apple of the eye. Dutch scientists have decided to try different kinds of cooking jellyfish. For this experiment in the sea were caught transparent-blue creatures from the species Aurelia aurita (ear-eared jellyfish), the size of approximately an ordinary ball.


Scientists thought long and hard about the preparation of these transparent creatures of the sea and concluded that the most delicious they were prepared in the form of chips – first jellyfish soaked in alcohol, then dried. They also crunch and break like potato chips, but their content is superior, because jellyfish chips have no salt in their composition and are rich in protein.

At first, the researchers are going to try such a delicacy on their own citizens, especially since, in light of the excessively bred in the coastal waters jellyfish ears, their catch for industrial purposes will not violate the ecosystem.

The top five devices for healthy food lovers…

Interesting devices for restaurants and fans of growing healthy food at home were shown at Food Loves Tech, which ended in New York. Here are the top five novelties that aroused particular interest among visitors.


The technology allows growing greenery in city apartments. The innovative system is similar to a flower pot with an integrated table lamp. However, it is in fact a combination of high efficiency LED lighting with hydroponic and aeroponic systems. Sensors monitor the environment and plant health. The system itself determines how bright the light should be and how often irrigation is needed. This allows it to be grown 2-3 times faster than on a vegetable garden. Plant data are sent to the application on your smartphone and are constantly updated. Two lamps are enough to grow a monthly green rate per family of four.


New York startup Selffee presented a technology that allows you to print any image on cupcakes and milkshakes in a few minutes. A special printer uses food ink to put pictures on ready-made cakes or cold drinks with thick foam.

The novelty has already been tried on by employees of Twitter, Google and other major brands. They were making selfies on corporate parties, and in a couple of minutes you could eat cookies with this picture on the glaze.


BeeHex Startup uses 3D printing to make pizzas of any shape. Initially, this system was developed for astronauts NASA, and now the technology decided to apply on Earth.

The principle of the printer is a little like a culinary horn: a specially programmed robot squeezes liquid dough on a tray, giving it any shape, from above “poured” ketchup and laid out stuffing. The pizza is placed in the oven and after 5 minutes it is ready.

The technology will be reworked to expand the range of dishes with any type of baking.

The Good Spoon

French company The Good Spoon has made an upgrade to traditional mayonnaise. Instead of eggs, the founders of the startup added microalgae chlorella to the sauce. Its protein content is up to 55% of the total mass, the portetine is twice as big as beef and 15 times more iron than spinach.

This mayonnaise is a source of protein for all those who take care of their health or do not eat meat.


Startup PicoBrew presented a device for Kraft beer preparation, in which you just need to load the necessary ingredients according to the recipe and it will make everything yourself. The cartridges in which hops and malt are poured are made of biodegradable materials and can serve as fertilizer for garden trees.

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