As much as I hate it when people go on and on about the “obesity epidemic” in America, it’s undoubtedly a problem, one made rampant by the abundance of cheap, unhealthy food. Many overweight people have tried fad after fad and crashed and burned every time, but calorie-counting remains an effective solution for shedding pounds.

Calorie counting isn’t easy, though. Not only does it require a tremendous amount of willpower, but actually tallying up the calories in a home-prepared meal can be some Isaac Newton-level nonsense. Luckily this is the future, and in the future we can let robots do everything. GE is working on a new microwave that can tell you how many calories are in whatever it’s heating up. It’s still in a very early stage of development and at the moment only works with blended foods. However, they are working on an appliance that will calculate the calories for an entire plate and send that information to your smartphone, something that’s accomplished by measuring fat and water content of the food.

As with all new technology, it’s anybody’s guess as to when we’ll see a consumer version hit store shelves, but this could honestly make a big difference. I know I’ve tried and failed calorie-counting several times, but if the information was unavoidable, it may very well turn me off of whatever I was about to inhale.

Until we have robots counting our calories, though, stick to vegetables!

via Engadget

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