Breathing on your phone to determine whether you're eating a healthy diet and the ability to 'virtually taste' your dinner before ordering it could be commonplace in less than 20 years, according to a new report.
'Breath tech' could be placed on personal devices which will allow people to breathe on them in order to get a deep level of insight into what foods you should be eating to have optimal impact on your individual health and wellbeing,
The report was commissioned by delivery giant Deliveroo to mark their 10th birthday.
It also found that diets are likely to become 'hyperpersonalised' with AI technology tailoring food to particular needs.
Underpinning the so-called 'Me-gan diet and lifestyle' will be AI technology will offer you your own personal AI to help automate and tailor what you are eating based on preferences and needs at any given time.
Deliveroo's SNACK TO THE FUTURE report predicts that in 2040, your diet could become fully bespoke thanks to AI technology, and food delivery services could synchronise meal options with your Personal AI and provide recommendations based on your physiological state at any given time
Packed lunches may also become a thing of the past, with people opting for 3D printed lunches instead.
Food prep is about to become a lot easier with advances in 3D printing technology helping you create perfectly portioned and nutritionally balanced meals, of your choice, at home.
And if you're not eating at home, food delivery services may be able to make you feel like you are anyway, as they'll use additional digital audio and visual content to elevate the meal enjoyment experience.
Elsewhere, Deliveroo and other apps will be able to make you 'feel like you're dinning with celebrities, royals and late loved ones' through virtual reality which will also help you to pretend you're at your favourite holiday destination or let you recreate food moments from famous movies thanks to VR technology, which will simulate dining experiences from the comfort of your home - think: enjoying a delightful breakfast at Tiffany's, while you're tucking into a bacon sandwich on the sofa.
The report also predicts in 2040, you could desire a deeper connection with your food and visit 'restorants' to restore your mind, as well as your body. Smart glasses will be left at the door and 'flavour concentration booths' could fully immerse you in the look, sound, aroma and taste of a meal by simulating natural environments like forests, seasides and even being in the clouds.
Get ready to see the food and beauty industry become more integrated than ever with a rise in edible beauty products like anti-aging ice-cream and the chance to dine from hormone-balancing and dopamine driving menus
No more fussy eaters
Thanks to VR and AR technology, your brains could be tricked into thinking you are eating something you are not, for example, if you are a fussy eater who doesn't want to eat vegetables, you could put on smart glasses and think you are eating chocolate or sweets
New restaurant concepts will remove outside world distractions, with personal tech devices banned at entry and a rise in the popularity of silent cafés and restaurants, ONLY offering tables for one to encourage mindful eating
It also found that by 2040, you could use augmented and virtual reality technologies to create multi-sensory food experiences and simulate dining somewhere else in the world or eating with others elsewhere in the world from the comfort of your home
Pass the Amarnth
Whole grain staples, such as corn or maize, are about to look very different with alternatives such as amaranth, fonio, sorghum, teff, khorasan, einkorn and emmer, all likely to be mainstream in 2040.
As the nation increasingly seeks alcohol alternatives, we can expect to see a rise in popularity of 'wine' cordials that mimic the taste and flavour profile of real wine, without the negatives
The 'snack to the future' report from Deliveroo and guest experts including Georgie Barrat (Technology Journalist and TV Presenter on The Gadget Show) and Tom Cheesewright (applied Futurist), and reveals key predictions and technological advancements by 2040 that are set to rock consumers' worlds.
Will Shu, founder And CEO of Deliveroo told FEMAIL: 'I started Deliveroo in 2013 with a mission to connect people to the best quality food from local restaurants and deliver it directly to people's doors.
'It has been an incredible ride over the past ten years and I am really proud of what we have built. As we look towards the next decade and beyond, Deliveroo will continue to create exciting new innovations in food delivery, build new and better consumer experiences and take Deliveroo beyond functionality and convenience to really capture the passion and emotion of food.'