Magic Spoon – The Weird Side of the Internet

Written by on June 12, 2024

Magic Spoon – The Weird Side of the Internet – by Liam Sweeny.

I am a salt lover. In fact, I’ve heard that the unholy trinity of bad nutrition, which so happens to be the secret of five-star cooking, is sugar, fat, and salt. It’s this last one I have a toxic romance with. You remember Munchos? You know, the potato chips that were of a mysterious quality that screamed perfection? They spewed out a four-letter word with every crispy bite: that word was S-A-L-T.

So yeah, I’m a salt lover. And my blood pressure, on average, is correspondingly in love with triple digits. In fact, my lower number summers in Alabama and winters in Tucson. Mmmm… salt. But there may be hope for me.

Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita co-developed an electric spoon. No, it doesn’t shock you when you fall off the diet wagon. What it does is pass a weak electric current through its tip, concentrating sodium ions on your tongue. So the result of that is that your food tastes one-and-a-half times saltier.

In Japan, the average person eats 10 grams of salt a day. It’s hard to gauge what ten grams is, but a quarter ounce of weed in 7 grams. So buy a quarter ounce of weed, buy another eighth of an ounce and give a fat “marijuana cigarette” to your local burnout and that’s 10 grams of something. I’m pretty sure ten grams of salt would be easier to get through a TSA  checkpoint.

This spoon is on sale in Japan, so it’s only a matter of time before it’s available here. But remember, it will only make food one-and-a-half times saltier. It’s not like putting the whole flavor packet in a bowl of ramen noodles. You should probably be on some kind of diet if you buy this, or else it’ll be your best friend for about a week, and a left-drawer curiosity after that.



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