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The acid in cola may help make salty snacks taste even saltier

Phosphoric acid – found in sodas like cola – may open up the sodium channels on our tongue, allowing us to better taste salty flavours

By Sara Novak

11 May 2023

Salty foods are often enjoyed alongside acidic sodas, like cola

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Drinking cola while eating salted crisps or peanuts may enhance their flavour, as an acid found in these beverages appears to open up sodium channels in our tongue’s taste receptors. Adding the acid to food might therefore let manufacturers use less salt, which can raise the risk of high blood pressure, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

Daniel Mohr Collier at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and his colleagues alternated applying two water solutions to the tips …

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