©Issei kato via Reuters
- intensify /in-TEN-suh-fahy/
- transmit /trans-MIT/
- quest /kwest/
- imitate /IM-i-teyt/
- bland /bland/
[verb] – to become greater, more serious, or more extreme, or to make something do this
A pinch of pepper intensified the flavor of the soup.
[verb] – to send out or carry signals or messages using radio, television, etc.
Some people still use the fax machine to transmit information.
[noun] – a long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult
Dana is on a quest to find the best Italian restaurant.
[verb] – to copy the speech or behavior, etc. of someone or something
The robot was created to imitate a restaurant waiter.
[adjective] – not having a strong taste or character or not showing any interest or energy
This steak is quite bland for my taste.
According to Miyashita, the chopsticks enhance tastes through electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband. The device uses a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth, making food 1.5 times saltier. Miyashita, in his quest to heighten human senses through technology, previously invented a lickable TV screen that can imitate various food flavors.
Based on a report by World Health Organization, the average Japanese adult consumes about 10 grams of salt per day, twice the recommended amount of intake. “To prevent diseases, we need to reduce the amount of salt we take,” said Kirin researcher Ai Sato. “If we try to avoid taking less salt in a conventional way, we would need to endure the pain of cutting our favorite food from our diet, or endure eating bland food.” Miyashita and Kirin are still making changes to the chopsticks before putting them on the market.
- Please give some tips on how to use chopsticks properly.
- Would you like to try the electric chopsticks? Why or why not?
- If you could create a device that can be useful in the kitchen, what would it be? How can it help people?
- Do you think the electric chopsticks could help those who need to reduce sodium in their diets?
- In your opinion, what is a healthy diet? Please explain your answer.
- cut down