Japanese researchers have developed an electronic chopsticks that “enhance salty taste”
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Japanese researchers have developed an electronic chopsticks that “enhance salty taste”, which may help those who need to reduce sodium intake in their diets.
Developed by the team of Professor Homei Miyashita at Meiji University in Japan, the electronic chopsticks were developed in collaboration with the manufacturer Kirin Group.
The chopsticks are connected to a microcomputer worn on the wrist to enhance the salty taste through electrical stimulation.
Professor Miyashita said the device uses a weak electrical current to transfer sodium ions from food to the mouth through chopsticks, thereby creating a salty taste. It is reported that this method can enhance the “salty taste” felt by the mouth by 1.5 times.
Salty-enhancing chopsticks could be very popular in Japan, where the traditional Japanese diet favors salty flavors. According to statistics, the average Japanese adult consumes about 10 grams of salt a day, twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.
Excessive sodium intake is positively associated with the incidence of high blood pressure, stroke and other diseases.
The Kirin Group said that if the food needs to be less salty and the “salty taste” needs to be improved, then this kind of electronic chopsticks may be a good choice.
The product prototype is currently being developed and is expected to be commercialized next year.
Professor Miyashita’s team has been conducting scientific explorations in the experience of human sensory interaction and stimulation in recent years. Previously, they developed a taste-tasting TV that simulates the taste of various foods.
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