These electric chopsticks promise to alter the taste of food

Can you imagine being able to eat a salty food, but without using more salt? Although it seems quite illogical, a group of researchers succeeded. How did they do it? Connecting the rods to the electric current. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since Ars-Technica echo a new chopstick device, which produces “electrical stimulation to make food 50% saltier.” This technology was researched and developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Kirinwho brought together a group of researchers to achieve this impressive feat.

Of course, we are not talking about ordinary chopsticks. This version of the traditional Asian utensil Comes connected to an electrical outlet via a power cord. The result is a product that is not very comfortable to use and, of course, it is not something that we will receive for free with a delivery sushi

How the technology behind these electric wands works

electric wands

This utensil was developed by researchers from the laboratory of Dr. Homei Miyashita of Meiji University. This group worked with Kirin, and they succeeded in creating the technology called “electric taste sensation“. In addition, they assure that does not affect the human bodythis due to the level of electricity so low that it manages.

Dr. Miyashita is well known for being the creator of an interesting screen. With her you can taste your favorite foods just by licking the panel. Sure, it’s a rather strange invention, but it looks like he managed to get it to a better place with those electric wands.

According to Kirin, electricity “adjusts the function of ions such as sodium chloride (which is the basis of salty taste) and sodium glutamate (which is the basis of sweet taste), to alter the perception of taste giving the impression that the food tastes stronger or weaker.


To demonstrate the effectiveness of these chopsticks, the team conducted a study on a population of 36 people. For their part, the ages of these individuals ranged between 40 and 65 years. According to the aforementioned media, researchers used the electric baton to compare perceived salinity; using a gel that mimicked food and contained 0.8% salt. The other gel used in the study, meanwhile, contained 0.5%, thus representing a low-sodium food.

From these samples, the researchers analyzed the salinity perceived by each of the participants.