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A Japanese pop up restaurant tested out an electric fork that can make bland food taste saltier

Too much salt can lead to or exacerbate health problems, meaning it has to be cut from many a dinner table. One Japanese researcher may have found a way into tricking the tongue to taste sodium in even the blandest of cuisine.

University of Tokyo scientist Hiromi Nakamura has developed an electric fork that can make food seem saltier without adding any sodium. The fork contains two electrodes, and when the food, tongue, and fork come into contact, an electrical current is formed that moves through the eater’s arm. Theoretically, this charge inhibits the tongue’s ability to register saltiness, and so once the current is gone, the food tastes saltier by comparison. There is no danger in using the fork, as the current it conducted is very weak.

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