Japanese researchers develop chopsticks that simulate salty food

Chopsticks that imitate salty food: This new Japanese invention is said to help reduce the daily salt intake of the Japanese. This could prevent numerous diseases in the future.

According to the German Nutrition Society, we should not consume more than six grams of salt per day. The WHO even gives a guideline value of less than five grams. Both the Japanese and the Germans are well above these benchmarks. In Japan, the average salt intake for an adult woman* is 9.3 grams per day. In men* even almost eleven grams, in Germany women* it is 8.4 grams, men* ten grams.

Let’s take the long run too much salt for us, this can increase our blood pressure. High blood pressure, in turn, has a deleterious effect on the heart, brain, kidneys, and other organs. Therefore, an overdose of salt promotes life-threatening diseases and ailments, such as heart failure, strokes, and heart attacks.

To prevent this, Japanese researchers have developed special chopsticks. Using special technology, they trick our brains into thinking it tastes spicy and salty, even if the food is slightly salty.

Chopsticks for salty food: how they work

A weak electrical stimulation allows the chopsticks to suggest salty food to us. The chopsticks are connected to a small computer by cable. This is on the wrist. Electrical voltages cause our perception of taste to change. According to research, chopsticks can increase the saltiness of a low-salt dish by around 1.5 times.

The concept was developed by a research team from Meiji University in Tokyo and food and beverage manufacturer Kirin. According to Kirin, electrical stimulation does not harm our body. She is too weak for that.

So far only the first prototype of the special chopsticks exists. The researchers expect the chopsticks to go on sale next year. With them, the Japanese could eat healthier without having to umami– Having to give up taste. After all, this is often caused by salty foods, among other things. soy sauce either miso paste generated.

By the way, according to the researchers, the concept can be used not only for chopsticks, but also for other kitchen utensils. Therefore, it could also be used for forks and spoons in Western countries.

Reduce salt intake: other options

Unfortunately, chopsticks that mimic salty food are not yet on the market.  But there are other tips you can use to reduce your salt intake.
Unfortunately, chopsticks that mimic salty food are not yet on the market. But there are other tips you can use to reduce your salt intake.
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As long as there are no cutlery on the market in this country that enhances the salty taste, you can also reduce your daily salt intake with other tips:

  • Avoid prepared foods and cook with fresh foods whenever possible. Salt sparingly and also use other spices and fresh herbs to intensify the flavor.
  • Find out about the salt content of foods. Then you can specifically avoid very salty foods. These include, for example, many animal products such as salami, ham and cheese. But also potato chips, pretzel sticks or bread sometimes contain high amounts of salt.
  • Gradually wean yourself off the salt. If you are used to eating very salty foods, you may find low-salt dishes very bland at first. Therefore, reduce your salt intake little by little. After a while you will notice how strong the flavor of the chips or packaged bread seems to you.
  • You can find more inspiration and information at Salt substitutes: these alternatives add flavor to your food without salt

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