Japan researchers develop electric chopsticks to enhance salty taste

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  one month ago  •  4 comments

By:   Rikako Murayama and Akiko Okamoto - Reuters

Japan researchers develop electric chopsticks to enhance salty taste

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Japan researchers develop electric chopsticks to enhance salty taste

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Chopsticks are seen in this file image. (Pexels)

TOKYO -- Japanese researchers have developed computerized chopsticks that enhance salty tastes, potentially helping those who need to reduce sodium in their diets.

Co-developed by Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita and beverage maker Kirin Holdings Co., the chopsticks enhance tastes using electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband.

The device uses a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth where they create a sense of saltiness, said Miyashita.

"As a result, the salty taste enhances 1.5 times," he said.

Miyashita and his lab have explored various ways that technology can interact with and stimulate human sensory experiences.  He's also developed a lickable TV screen  that can imitate various food flavors.

The taste-enhancing chopsticks may have particular relevance in Japan, where the traditional diet favors salty tastes. The average Japanese adult consumes about 10 grams of salt per day, double the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Excess sodium intake is related to increased incidence of high blood pressure, strokes and other ailments.

"To prevent these diseases, we need to reduce the amount of salt we take," said Kirin researcher Ai Sato.

"If we try to avoid taking less salt in a conventional way, we would need to endure the pain of cutting our favourite food from our diet, or endure eating bland food."

Miyashita and Kirin are refining their chopsticks prototype and hope to commercialize them as early as next year.

(Reporting by Rikako Murayama, Akiko Okamoto and Rocky Swift; Editing by Tom Hogue)


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

When I got to the part about the lickable TV screen that can imitate various food flavours I burst out laughing picturing somebody actually licking their TV screen. 

Now if they could make chopsticks that cause a 'sweet & sour' taste I could get interested. 

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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2  MonsterMash    one month ago

If they could make chopsticks that caused food to taste like a cold Budweiser I would definitely be interested.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MonsterMash @2    one month ago

I could see them doing that with an electronic straw that when you suck plain water through it it could give it a Budweiser taste, but I'm not sure about it being able to cause any inebriation.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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2.1.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    one month ago
but I'm not sure about it being able to cause any inebriation.

I don't want to get drunk; I just like cold Buds.

 
 

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