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What does water taste of?

Pure water can sometimes be perceived to have a taste due to your taste buds rebounding as your glass of H2O cleans your tongue.

Asked by: Lottie Roessler, via email


Pure water doesn’t stimulate your taste buds directly, but it can sometimes still have a taste. That’s because your tongue becomes habituated to the taste of the chemicals in your saliva. When you rinse those away with water, your taste receptors will ‘rebound’ with an opposite taste sensation. So since your saliva is salty, water can taste slightly sweet or even bitter.

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