We can’t deny that we love greasy food, whether it’s an early morning kebab after a late night out or a Friday night takeaway in front of the television – we can’t get enough of the stuff.
Sadly for us all, it’s not good for us. A diet high in oil can lead to dangerously high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
But what if we told you there was away you could still enjoy your favourite takeaway while consuming up to 30 calories less from the meal?
The AbsorbPlate has been launched in Thailand in a bid to cut down on the amount of oil people eat and it was inspired by a sponge – the country has the second highest obesity rate in South East Asia, so this new product could be the answer to the crisis.
Taking inspiration from the absorbency of a sponge, the plate is punctured with 500 small holes and collects the excess oil from your meal, making it healthier.
It is claimed it will collect approximately 7ml of oil, which is the equivalent of 30 calories.
The new invention is still currently in its trial stage and isn’t yet available to purchase, but many plates have been distributed to local eateries, however they have been met with a mixed response.
One commenter said “This is cool, but isn’t it better and easier to not put that much fat on the plate in the first place?”
While another said “Nice idea but 30 calories! If you want to change peoples lives you might as well get them into the kitchen wash their plates.”
So it remains to be seen whether the AbsorbPlate will take off, but it’s an interesting idea and has been successful in getting people thinking about the amount of oil in their diets and highlighting the risks of consuming too much.
Watch the video below from BBDO Bangkok that explains how the plate works.