A Japanese university professor invents chopsticks that add salt to food, attracting attention. 

According to foreign media such as the British Guardian on the 19th local time, Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita developed electric chopsticks that enhance the salty taste of food in collaboration with Kirin Holdings, a beverage company. 

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These chopsticks work in such a way that one pair is wired to a miniature computer on the wrist, and an electrical current is passed through the computer to add saltiness to the food. 

Professor Homei said, "The minute electric current flowing from the wrist computer to the chopsticks strengthens the sodium ions in the food, making it taste salty. 

"The same results were obtained when we tested the performance of chopsticks in people following a low-sodium diet," he added.   

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Reuters analyzed that the developed electric chopsticks were related to the Japanese diet, which prefers salty taste.

The average daily sodium intake for Japanese adults is about 10 g, which is twice the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended amount (5 g). 

Ai Sato, a researcher at Kirin Holdings, said, "Excessive sodium intake can cause high blood pressure and stroke. To prevent these diseases, you need to eat less salt." 

He also explained the significance of the development of 'salt-flavored chopsticks' by saying, "If you try to reduce salt intake in the traditional way, you have to refrain from eating your favorite foods or eat bland foods." 

The electric chopstick research team, including Professor Homei, aims to supplement the prototype and commercialize it within the next year.   

In December of last year, Professor Homei also drew attention by introducing 'Tasting TV', which allows you to taste food by licking the TV screen. 

Taste TV has 10 barrels with different tastes, such as salty, sour, sweet, and bitter, installed at the top of the screen. do. 

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