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Kirin 'Electric-Salt' bowl zaps food to enhance flavor

New technology aims to show healthy doesn't need to mean bland

A bowl and spoon under Kirin's "Electric Salt" line. The devices can run a weak current through food to make it taste saltier. (Photo by Junya Henmi)

TOKYO -- With more Japanese consumers striving to eat healthier, Kirin Holdings has come up with a shockingly unique solution to reduce salt in food without sacrificing taste.

The company's "Electric Salt" line of bowls and spoons, developed with Meiji University, runs a weak current through food that can be controlled by the push of a button. The current's unique waveform draws sodium ions toward the user's taste buds, making the food taste saltier than it actually is.

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