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Nestle reveals secret project to build food 'replicator'...

•, By Mark Prigg

According to Bloomberg, Nestle's Institute of Health Sciences is developing a system that can test people's health and work out what nutrients they are missing.

Codenamed 'Iron Man', the project will eventually lead to a kitchen machine that can create tailored supplements - or even food.

'Iron Man is an analysis of what's missing in our diets, and a product, tailored to you, to help make up that difference,' NIHS director Ed Baetge told Bloomeberg.

'In the past, food was just food. We're going in a new direction.'

The Nestle machine would work by first testing the person for a variety of nutrients and other health factors - such as diabetes or obesity.

This would results in a 'nutrient profile' for the person, showing exactly what their diet is lacking - for instance, zinc or vitamin D.

Nutrients would be supplied in a powder form, possibly in capsule like the Nespresso system.

Baetge says the final device,expeected in 5-10 years, could resemble the replicator' that synthesized meals on demand in Star Trek.

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