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A battery-powered spoon that [makes / bakes] food taste saltier is now in stores in Japan. It is called the Electric Salt Spoon. It was created [of / by] researchers from Tokyo's Meiji University and the Japanese [drinking / drinks] company Kirin. The researchers hope their spoon will help people cut [down / up] on the amount of salt they eat. The spoon sends a [weak / week] electric current to the tongue. The current is too weak to be [feel / felt] . However, it makes salt taste up to one and a half times [strength / stronger] . This means we can eat food with [least / less] salt, but still sense a salty taste. Researcher Ai Sato said: "Japan has a food culture that [trends / tends] to favour salty tastes. People need to reduce the amount of salt in their food." However, she added that food with no salt is [bland / brand] and tasteless.

Salt is important for our [healthy / health] . However, too much of it can cause cardiovascular diseases, like high [bloody / blood] pressure, strokes, and heart problems. These are the leading causes of [dead / death] globally. The World Health Organization recommends a daily salt [intake / outtake] of less than 5 grams. In Japan, the average person has around 10.1g of salt a day. That's higher [that / than] the average of 8.5g for Americans. In many countries, around 75 per cent of salt [in / on] the diet comes from processed foods, and from things like soy [source / sauce] . The Electric Salt Spoon costs 19,800 yen (around $99). Kirin hopes to sell a [million / millions] of them over the [next / last] five years. The spoon's developer has also created electric chopsticks. These will go [on / in] sale next year.

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