Are 3D-printed foods the wave of the future?

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From 3D-printed vegetables to laboratory grown meats, the future of food is upon us! According the United Nations, by the year 2050, we'll need to increase food production by 70 percent to feed an extra 2.5 billion people. So what's on the menu of the future? Check out this episode of "Food Flash" to find out!

Look back on last year's biggest food trends:

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Most searched food trends in 2018

Gochujang sauce

Korean food and flavors were on the rise in 2018. "We have seen a rise in pickling, fermenting, and fire-roasting in the culinary world, thanks in part to newfound Western interest in ancient cooking techniques. Gochujang hits on all three pillars, and its exotic flavor is appealing to adventurous eaters," wrote The Daily Meal

Keto brownies

The Ketogenic diet was the the most searched diet in 2018, so it's no surprise people were also looking for ways to still eat their favorite treats. 

Keto chili

For the most part, keto chili is the same as regular chili, but without the beans.

Keto cookies

Keto cookies typically use almond or coconut flour and olive oil or coconut oil to achieve their low-carb, high-fat status. 

Necco Wafers

Necco closed its factory in July after being bought out by an investment company at a bankruptcy auction in May, and people were freaking out. Then in September, the Toledo Blade reported that an Ohio candy company who also produces Dum Dum lollipops and candy canes purchased Necco and hopes to reintroduce the brand in 2020. 

See? Everything will be OK. 

Keto cheesecake

While most diets don't allow for dessert, the keto diet encourages a high (healthy) fat diet. Hence, the uptick in desserts "made healthy." 

Keto Pancakes

Keto pancakes are made with almond flour and strive to omit any and all sugar, so no maple syrup for the keto-dieters. 

CBD Gummies

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is derived from the Cannabis plant (yes, weed). But unlike THC, it won't get you high. CBD is said to provide a sense of calm and relaxation, and help with some medical issues like epilepsy. It's legal in many U.S.states

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce was recalled and blacklisted by the Center for Disease Control multiple times in 2018 thanks to widespread E.Coli outbreaks. U.S. Consumers were advised not to eat it, while retailers and restaurants were advised not to sell it. 

Unicorn Cake

The Unicorn Cake trend actually dates back to 2016, when posting colorful foods to Instagram first took off. 

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