This Electric Fork Could Make Bland Cuisine Taste Better
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.
While Nakamura has yet to publish her findings, her research found that ten out of eleven people found that the food did indeed taste a bit saltier. To further test her innovation utensil, she opened the “No Salt Restaurant,” a pop up venue which was available to the denizens of Tokyo on March 24th and April 10th. The restaurant offered a full five course menu, all prepared without the use of salt, to prove that this technological marvel could make healthier food taste good.
If you’re looking to try out this fork to cut down on your own salt intake, Scientific American reported that the fork may be presented to the public sometime this year and that it may be commercialized in the near future.
To see the fork in action, watching the episode of Munchies: Food Hacking that sat down with Nakamura to test it out:
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