These little red West African berries make anything sour taste sweet — and it's a remarkably clean, pure sweetness. To understand why these foods mess with your mind, first think about your tongue.
How to hack your taste buds
It's covered with little clusters of taste-sensitive cells, and each cell's membrane is studded with proteins that function, essentially, as doorbells. When something — a molecule in food you've eaten — hits them just right, a message shoots from the cell to the brain, causing one of the five taste sensations: View image of Tasting orange juice after brushing your teeth can be unpleasant, but why?
Stated that way, it sounds relatively simple, but researchers haven't figured out all the details of taste yet: And there's a lot that goes on between your taste buds and your brain to create the sensation of taste that is still foggy. But the basics are enough to help you understand, for instance, what is happening with the artichoke. The key is a substance in the vegetable called cynarin, according to Linda Bartoshuk, a taste scientist now at University of Florida, who authored a Science paper on the phenomenon in When you eat an artichoke, the cynarin quietly latches onto your sweet receptors without actually activating them.
As you clear the table, wash the dishes, and move on to the next thing, the cynarin lurks on your tongue. When you next drink a glass of water, however, the cynarin molecules are washed away, releasing the receptors.
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It's this sudden release that triggers a message to the brain, generating the sensation of sweetness. And though it's just a phantom taste, it feels just as distinct and real as a sensation from direct stimulation of the receptor by a sweet fruit. View image of Artichokes transform the taste of water Thinkstock Credit: Bartoshuk remembers her very first experiment into these lingering after-effects. She put various fluids on people's tongues and then gave them water to see what happened: The culprit in the case of the toothpaste and orange juice is a detergent called sodium lauryl sulphate SLS that foams when you're brushing your teeth.
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Detergent molecules like SLS have chemical properties that let them elbow their way into bubbles of fat molecules and disperse them. That's all fine and good when you're using dish soap to wipe spaghetti bolognese off the dinner plates. But the membranes of our biological cells are also made of fats.
The current theory is that SLS somehow tampers with the membranes of the taste cells on our tongue. So when you drink orange juice under the influence of SLS, you taste none of its sweetness and its tartness comes across as bitter.
It knocks out your sweet receptors for about half an hour, meaning the tastes normally masked by sweetness jump out at you. Recently, after eating a camembert-style cheese, I found an apple tasted awful, kind of soapy and bitter.
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