A Salt Flavoured Fork

December 30, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

Andrew Liszewski looked at how technology could be used to improve nutrition without compromising taste:

  • Researchers in Japan have built a fork that delivers electric shocks that are interpreted as different flavours by the tongue.
  • Currently the fork is able to transmit a sensation of saltiness and sourness.
  • The salt sensation is particularly intriguing since restaurants who supply the fork could cut down on the amount of salt in food, without affecting taste, improving blood pressure.
  • Researchers managed to build the fork with just $18 worth of electronics.
  • Each tongue is different and the fork can be calibrated to an individual’s taste buds.


Read more about the fork on Gizmodo.