The average American eats 3,400 mg of sodium a day, despite the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommending less than 2,300 mg per day.
The chopstick device uses electrical stimulation to make food taste up to 50 percent saltier than it would otherwise.
The device is made by researchers from the Meiji University Dr. Homei Miyashita Laboratory of the Department of Frontier Media Science, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences in cooperation with Kirin. It uses electricity so weak that it won’t affect the human body, Kirin claimed.
The electricity adjusts the function of ions such as sodium chloride and sodium glutamate, which is the basis of salty taste, to change the perception of taste by making food seem to taste stronger or weaker, the company said.