Tokyo – Japanese researchers have developed computerized chopsticks that improve salty tastes, doubtlessly serving to those that want to scale back sodium of their diets.
Co-developed by Meiji College professor Homei Miyashita and beverage maker Kirin Holdings Co. (2503.T), the chopsticks improve tastes utilizing electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband.
“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 display screen that may imitate varied meals flavors.
The taste-enhancing chopsticks might have specific relevance in Japan, the place the standard food regimen favors salty tastes. The typical Japanese grownup consumes about 10 grams of salt per day, double the quantity really helpful by the World Well being Group.
Extra sodium consumption is expounded to elevated incidence of hypertension, strokes and different illnesses.
“To stop these ailments, we have to cut back the quantity of salt we take,” stated Kirin researcher Ai Sato.
“If we attempt to keep away from taking much less salt in a standard manner, we would want to endure the ache of reducing our favourite meals from our food regimen, or endure consuming bland meals.”
Miyashita and Kirin are refining their chopsticks prototype and hope to commercialize them as early as subsequent 12 months.