Is breathable food the new chocolate?

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Do you like the idea of eating that chocolate bar without the calories? Trying to diet but finding yourself snacking on the wrong things? What if I told you that you could have all of the taste without the calories? Well now you can. This year a new food concept was revealed in France that will place a whole new spin on what is defined as eating. Edward’s Art Science Lab Network has unveiled the very first breathable food, which can be brought in some House of Fraser stores around the UK.

 Breathable? Yes that’s right! These nifty little tubes are called Le Whif and allow you to breathe in microscopic food particles that barely add up to 1 calorie. The taste fills your mouth coating your tongue in a thin layer of chocolate or coffee. To do this you simply click the container and place it inside your mouth. Next you breathe in gently allowing the flavour to cover your tongue and throat. There are about eight puffs in each container costing £1.48 each.Â


Of course, if like me you, are wondering how on earth it can be safe to breath in food there is a lot of science that goes behind it. ‘Le Whif uses particle engineering to form chocolate in particle sizes that are small enough to become airborne though too large to enter the lungs,’ explains Professor Edwards who is a professor of biomedical engineering at Harvard University. So breathing in these treats will not leave you chocking, unless of course it’s in surprise.


Originally Le Whif could only be brought in mint chocolate, raspberry chocolate and plain chocolate, but now you can get coffee flavoured tubes too. And it’s not just the flavour you can look forward too, the coffee flavoured Le Whif grants you the caffeine kick that would be found in an espresso. Prefessor Edward’s says ‘Le Whif first offered the taste of chocolate without the calories and now it offers the kick of coffee without the cup.’ Â

But is the concept of breathable foods a little mad or pure genius? The health benefits of eating a bar of dark chocolate are certainly lost and hunger will not be beaten by spraying chocolate dust into your mouth. Also puffing one of the Le Whif’s may remind you vaguely of one of those Nicorette Inhalers and could draw funny looks when out and about. But for women on the go who don’t have time to pour a morning coffee or those who crave chocolate but want to cut the calories, there may just yet be some benefits to this product. Â


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