: Electric fork tricks taste buds into salty sensation
Society13:48 Apr. 2, 2016

Electric fork tricks taste buds into salty sensation

It remains to be seen whether diners will have an appetite for such a device

Japanese scientists believe they have the perfect solution for those looking to reduce their daily salt intake. They've developed a prototype electric fork that uses an electric current to stimulate the sense of salt on the tongue. It essentially tricks the brain into accepting flavors that aren't actually there.

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Shou Tanji, Asahi newspaper online journalist: "I was so surprised by how much the taste changed. Before you press the button, it really tastes like it doesn't have enough salt in the pork cutlets and then it changes. So having that happen, I felt it's really possible to enjoy the meal."

U.S. government dietary guidelines recommend consuming no more than about two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt.

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Miguel Toribio-Mateas, chairman of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy: "Historically we've been told to consume less salt, but then it turns out that if you consume salt below less than 3 grams a day, you are exposed to the same risk of developing cardiovascular disease as if you consume over 6 grams."

It remains to be seen whether diners will have an appetite for such a device, but the makers are hopeful their fork could one day be the flavor of the month.

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