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Japan invents a salt-flavored fork!

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  • 2016

Are you one of those people who needs to cover absolutely every last bit of his food in salt? Do you find yourself in a bit of a panic if you can’t spot the salt pot? Japan has come up with the answer so everyone wins – a salt-flavored fork!

Japan is probably the world’s leading innovator when it comes to all kinds of technology, but this time, it’s invented something that is designed solely for your taste buds.

Great news for health-conscious salt lovers. They can celebrate the fact that Japanese scientists have created a guilt-free way of enjoying the naughty but nice mineral – by inventing an electric salt-flavored fork.

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The ground-breaking prototype gives you a salty taste in your mouth with the simple press of a button, due to the release of an electrical current, which stimulates your tongue.

The battery-operated fork is capable of creating sour and metallic as well as salty tastes. But the salty taste is likely to be the most popular.

The fork was invented by Hiromi Nakamura at the Rekimoto Lab, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.


The innovative flavorful fork, which costs only £12 (Y2,000) to make, is based on the fact that a human tongue feels salty or sour when electricity is applied to it, according to Nikkei Technology. Imagine that. The taste without the risk of extra health concerns. The technology was made specifically for those who are required for medical reasons to limit or eliminate salt from their diet, such as those suffering from hypertension.

How to use the salt-tasting fork?

Simply use when you eat your normal meal! The prototype was reportedly designed for an initiative called ‘No Salt Restaurant,’ which aims to hold events serving salt-free full course meals.


The nifty little fork, which can run for an impressive six hours without charging, has three levels of electrical current, with different degrees of saltiness or sourness, apparently depending on the eater’s age and normal dietary habits. And of course, depending on the user’s love of salt.



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