World’s First Personalised 3D-printed Vitamin Is Here

Akansha Srivastava wrote . . . . . . . . .

If you are a netizen that wanders around the internet in search of something exciting, 3D printing must have caught your attention at one time or another. We’ve all seen the 3D printing videos that pop-up on our feeds and show us how characters, keychains and more can be 3D printed. However, 3D printing is by no means limited only to simple things as the UK-based startup Nourish3d is said to have launched world’s first 3D printed vitamin stack that is tailored as per your requirements.

Why Nourished?

The British startup by Melissa Snover, an Americal serial women entrepreneurs, Nourished is a customisable and personalised nutritional product, which is said to be the world’s first 3D printed edible vitamin stack. It is being introduced in the UK market and consumers will get to choose their favourite vitamins and supplements on the Nourished website by either answering a short lifestyle questionnaire or by simply selecting their own choice of vitamins. Once an order is placed, the startup 3D prints their selection on-demand in the form of chewable stacks. These stacks are said to cost less than conventional vitamins, are less wasteful, and work better.

Melissa Snover, founder and CEO of Nourished, says, “Nourished takes 3D Printing to another level. We’ve kept a keen eye on how consumer demand is driving personalisation across various sectors – from retail to health – and then apply it to nutrition. We’re bringing a truly unique product to the UK market that will change the way consumers think about their nutrition, in much the same way wearable technology has disrupted the personal health market. Nourished is personalised and specific to the individual, is sugar-free, plastic-free, vegan and will be delivered straight to your door. It is the first product in the market to offer such a highly-personalised nutritional solution that everyone can benefit from and it’s our hope that Nourished will transform the way people think about wellness and take care of themselves from the inside out.”

How does it work?

Employing a new 3D printing method and patented vegan encapsulation formula, Nourished is able to combine 7 active ingredients from 28 choices. This means that a user has over 1.2 billion unique combinations to select from and in addition, a new nourishment will be added in about two weeks so that the 7 active ingredients are bumped up to 8. 3D food printing enables the startup to create a chewable vitamin stack that is personalised to an individual’s nutritional needs.

It took 18 months of research and development by CFO Melissa Snover and CTO Martyn Catchpole to come up with a patented 3D printing technology that Nourished employs. Using fused deposition modelling and seven print heads, the duo created an industrial 3D printer that is capable of printing personalised supplements. Like all 3D printers, the one used by Nourished also works on the standard X, Y and Z axis, along with an addition four-rotation axis. Furthermore, it uses a plug and play cartridge retraction system.

About 98 percent of active ingredients used by Nourished are gathered from UK based wholefood sources and are encapsulated in their patented vegan gel formula. As per the company, the nutrients are higher in efficacy and more readily absorbed by the body than most traditional options that are in an isolate tablet form. Since Nourished enables users to create specifically designed blends, fitness enthusiasts can focus on supplementing their diets to boost endurance and recovery, while frequent travellers can boost their immunity, vegans can supplement with Vegan D3 and Iron which can be low in their diet.

Availability

Nourished is making its debut in the UK and its availability is currently limited to the country itself. The product can be ordered online, via the company’s website and it costs £39.99 per month, which boils down to £1.20 per day. Do note that everything made by Nourished is claimed to be 100 percent vegan and 98 percent of their inventory is sourced from the UK.

Nourished developed a sugar-free vegan encapsulation formula which enables a combination of multiple active ingredients that don’t interfere with each other. Vegan and allergen-free, the Nourished base formula is made of natural fruit and vegetable extracts that use pectin as a gelling agent. After 3d printing, the stacks are said to set in minutes and are ready to be coated in sugar free erythritol and malic acid, before packed into plastic free and home compostable packaging.

Funding and expansion plans

3D printers are not in-expensive, especially if you have one that is modified to print food in a manner to your liking. To support its vision, Nourished did a seed round where it achieved its set target and the startup has six strategic angels onboard that not only provide cash but will also help the company with their network and experience, which is expected to be beneficial in the long term. As for external funding, Nourished says it is open to opportunities and funding from strategic investors that are a correct fit for them.

As for expansion, the company has plans to soon expand its services to regions other than the UK. The second market where it has plans to establish is the US, followed by the Middle East.

Source: Silicon Canals

Hongkongers Eat Enough French Toast to Cover Earth’s Circumference Annually

Victor Ting wrote . . . . . . . . .

Hongkongers consume the equivalent length of the Earth’s circumference in French toast annually, a survey has found, prompting a nutritionist to warn of health risks caused by the city’s snacking habits.

Other popular treats included French fries, fried chicken thighs, egg tarts and pineapple buns with butter, the online survey conducted by health platform HealthyD found.

“Hong Kong’s favourite foods are deep-fried with a lot of oil, and usually served with butter and syrup. Excessive consumption could lead to obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease,” said Cynthia Wong Oi-se, a senior nutritionist at NutraCare Consultancy.

The survey found Hongkongers get through about 320 million servings a year of French toast, a dish made of fried sliced bread soaked in eggs and milk and containing 420 calories per serving – the energy level of two bowls of rice. Some 57 per cent said this was their favourite snack.

French fries, 539 calories per serving, were second favourite, followed by fried chicken thighs (431 calories), toast with condensed milk and peanut butter (405 calories), egg tarts (230 calories) and pineapple buns (421 calories).

Some 55 per cent chose milk tea as their most beloved drink, the popular local beverage made from black tea and evaporated or condensed milk. One cup contains 140 calories.

Its popularity was closely followed by lemon tea and lemon water, according to the survey.

“One glass of iced lemon tea can contain as much as six spoons of sugar,” Wong said.

“Choose skimmed milk rather than full-fat as the latter is high in calories.”

A citywide health survey released by the government in 2017 found half of Hongkongers aged 15 or older were overweight or obese.

The online survey also found Hong Kong diners visited cha chaan teng on alternate days, with 88 per cent of respondents making a weekly average of 3.6 visits to the traditional restaurants.

The major reason for going to cha chaan teng was convenience, according to 68 per cent of the respondents.

Variety of dishes (41 per cent) and affordable prices (40 per cent) were also popular reasons.

Despite an overwhelming majority of 83 per cent of respondents thinking the snacks were “very unhealthy” or “not so healthy”, 61 per cent said they had no intention of making fewer visits to cha chaan teng.

Wong said a balanced diet and regular exercise were key to staying healthy and had some tips for cha chaan teng diners.

“Have a tomato and boiled egg sandwich or go for toast with jam if you are a toast lover. There are healthier options at cha chaan teng and you can do it step by step and build up a healthy routine,” Wong said.

More than 30 minutes of moderate to intense cardio exercise at least three times a week would burn calories and keep weight stable, she added.

Source: SCMP

New Vegetarian and Vegan Snacks

Satisfied Snacks, a new-to-market snack food company, is debuting its first product called Roughs.

The company says Roughs takes the healthy ingredients of a salad and turns it into a light crispy wafer. It contains no potato, corn, wheat, rice, oil or added sugar and the snacks are dried not fried.

The range includes: Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese, Tomato and Feta, Red Pepper and Walnut (vegan) and Carrot and Kimchi (vegan). All are handmade in the production kitchen in the UK.

Founder and chief executive of Satisfied Snacks, Heather Daniell, said: “Driven by the lack of healthy and tasty snack options I had to choose from – I created a solution which is delicious, convenient to eat on the go, packed full of healthy and natural ingredients and doesn’t make any compromises.”

Source: Talking Retail

Melting Snack Bars for People with Swallow Problem

Called EAT Bars, these snacks consist of a meringue surrounded by a flavored Greek yogurt coating. Developed by speech pathologist Tia Bagan, these new bars are a taste-driven way for those with swallowing problems to enjoy a satiating snack.

A pack of 12 bars sells for US$21.49.

Source: FoodBeast

Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Now Available in Snack Form

You can now eat the dough without the ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s has announced the release of its new frozen Cookie Dough Chunks, that can be snacked on in bite-sized form.

The cookie dough snacks will come in three different flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Source: Foodbeast