according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, sabemos que actualmente la ingesta media de sal diaria, twice that recommended by the World Health Organization and quantity cause 1,65 million deaths per year worldwide, representing one in ten deaths from cardiovascular reasons.
Many countries are taking steps in their health policies aimed at reducing sodium intake in diets and menus of its citizens. Even in some importantes ciudades se han iniciado acciones a través de los restaurantes to raise awareness among customers of the problem of excessive salt intake.
Measures against salt consumption in restaurants
Specifically in New York City the big chain restaurants, those that have more than 15 establishments, is it so required to include a triangular icon with a salt shaker when the plate contains sodium above the recommended limit.
In the case of Buenos Aires the measure was stronger as more than 20.000 restaurants, bars and hotels in the province pledged to remove salt shakers tables and only take them if the customer requests it after trying the dish, in order to fulfill a campaign to combat the epidemic of hypertension that affects three out of ten bonaerenses.
It's without doubt that changing consumer habits of the population to improve public health It is a huge challenge that we face, but How technological progress can help reduce the amount of sodium we consume in our meals?
Te presento un invento que sinceramente creo que puede ser un buen ejemplo de una línea de investigación que consiga mitigate or replace those habits that is scientifically proven to harm the health of citizens.
Is about “ELECTRO” an electric fork generating short bursts of current in the language that replaces the sensation of salty taste when the customer presses a button, really it does is fool the taste buds experience the taste, imitating a salty taste, acid, bitter metallic.
The invention has been developed in recent 6 years for research team at the University of Tokyo capitaneado por Hiromi Nakamura. El prototipo no está realizado con alta tecnología, parts cost less than 20$ in total including a battery that allows you to generate enough energy for electric shock and a potentiometer to control the intensity of saltiness.
Salt is necessary for life, but often we tend to consume too much of this product despite the high risk to the body. A la mayoría de las personas les resulta muy complicado disminuir la ingesta de sal, technology can help us reduce this consumption by increasing the perceived saltiness of food.
Dinners in restaurants without salt
El equipo de investigación está organizando diferentes cenas en restaurantes de Tokio para demostrar la utilidad del tenedor y al parecer all diners who have tried unanimously certify the value of the invention.
Of course they are also being tested in other environments, como hospitales con aquellos pacientes que por problemas de salud han de consumir una dieta sin nada de sodio.
This invention is included within a project called “the restaurant salt” whose goal is to get any restaurant diners can taste the dishes low in salt but with a sense of salinity according to the personal needs of each individual.
Definitely a step closer to what I call the “digitalization of the senses”, for me one of the most exciting fields of research within this digital conversion process where we find and we will propose replacing odors, flavors or other digital components sounds that mimic.