Food research in Netherlands

Although the university canteen in the Dutch town of Wageningen looks like an upmarket eatery, it is in fact a laboratory in disguise. Banks of hidden cameras zoom in on every morsel that enters diners’ mouths, invisible scales built into the floor weigh you as you pay for your meal, and beware of that comfy-looking chair which could be monitoring your heartbeat as you chew. More than 200 people, mainly staff and students from the university, have signed up to be human guinea pigs for the experiment.

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