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The Science of the Salty Dog

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But why on earth would you salt a glass of vodka and grapefruit juice? It turns out that there's some science involved.

While Mary Poppins sang that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, it turns out that a pinch of salt will do a better job. The taste buds on your tongue responsible for tasting bitterness pull double duty by picking up salty flavors, too. The salt gets picked up by the taste buds before the bitter. So, while those taste buds are busy picking up the salt, the bitter flavor passes by unnoticed, and your drink tastes less bitter as a result.

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