This bit of news comes as yet another – and unexpected – benefit of lemon juice. It turns out that lemon juice is an ideal component of 3D food printing.
What’s that, you say?
3D Food Printing
Three-dimensional printing has taken on the world of food, and the results are fascinating. It’s seen as a new way for commercial food operations like bakeries and manufacturing plants to produce goods much more quickly than by using traditional methods. Just as they are used to make automobile prototypes, complex medical implants, and other items, the technology is now being used to produce foods.
Along with cutting costs and time, 3D printing is also being touted as a way to increase the nutritional value of foods, and even solving hunger in places where fresh ingredients are scarce.
The newest generation of 3D printers use what is called binding technology. Where the first-gen produced forms by adding layers and layers of material in an additive process, binding printers basically collate materials together using an edible binding agent.
That’s where lemon juice – or more specifically, lemon juice gel – comes into the picture.
The gel is made with lemon juice and potato starch, and it not only works as an effective binding agent, it also adds nutritional value to the finished product. In comparison with other materials, lemon juice gel makes the ideal “food glue”.
3D food printing is seen as an environmentally friendly way of producing food, and using food elements that are often discarded. Restaurants and food chains that can produce 3D food on demand will drastically reduce and maybe even eliminate the need for preservatives, and the results can be customized when it comes to nutrition. It is being used to make easy to eat, nutritious meals for seniors who have trouble chewing. Even NASA is experimenting with using the technology for long space flights.
Lemon juice continues to amaze us with its exciting potential and nutritional value.