Salty spoon to help limit sodium intake without losing taste

Wednesday, 03 July, 2024

Salty spoon to help limit sodium intake without losing taste

Following a research development project by scientists from Meji University and Kirin Holdings in Japan, in which researchers developed a novel pair of chopsticks designed to simulate saltiness through the use of electricity, Kirin Holdings has launched the ‘Electric Salt Spoon’.

The device is a spoon with a unique current waveform that enhances the salty and umami taste of low-sodium foods. The developers’ aim is to assist people who want to lower their sodium intake, without missing out on flavour.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended salt intake; people should only be consuming 5.0 g of salt a day. According to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, individuals consume an average of 5.5 g of salt a day. According to a Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare National Health and Nutrition Survey in 2019, in Japan this is estimated to be higher at 10.1 g.

The spoon can currently only be purchased online on the Kirin Holdings website in Japan. It comes with safety precautions, noting that it is not suitable for people who use a pacemaker or a similar medical device.

Image credit: Kirin Holdings

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