Gold is often used as decoration and to add a bit of opulence to a luxurious meal. Often a fresh sprig of parsley cannot compare to the shine of gold. Beyond appearances many people believe that gold, if ingested, offers a wide array of health benefits. Today, fine dining chefs everywhere add gold to their signature dishes to add a lavish element. While gold is actually tasteless, it does impress and allows restaurants and manufacturers to charge exorbitant amounts of money for routinely mundane products.