Can we taste water?


Whether water has a taste of its own or is merely a flavor carrier has long divided the scientific community. Some scientists have proposed that its flavor depends on your saliva and what you were eating previously, while others have argued that it has its own, albeit undefined, taste that can be sensed by the brain. A new study by Caltech researchers could help advance this debate: according to their findings, not only does such a sense exist, but it’s located in an unexpected place… More at New Atlas.

Not something I had ever considered before.

2 thoughts on “Can we taste water?

  1. I am tee-total, and drink a lot of water. Yes, I can tell differences between water tastes in different countries, and different parts of the world. I had just assumed that water had different minerals in it, or had been treated with different chemicals.

  2. There’s measured taste, as in this experiment, and perceived taste. Try drinking distilled water, after rinsing with it, and see if you can detect an actual taste. Then go back to your regular water. Mostly water is something we don’t think about. It’s perceived taste is neutral and we tend to use that as a baseline against which we compare other things. And yes, you can definitely taste the differences in mineral content, assuming that content is above the perception level. All of this is my perception as I have no training in the matter other than some wine-tasting courses.

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