The taste of bubbles

Taste cell for sourness senses fizz, too

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM October 22, 2009

Studies with mice have shown how the same cells on the tongue that taste sourness also detect fizzy flavors.

Studies with mice have shown how the same cells on the tongue that taste sourness also detect fizzy flavors.

J. Chandrashekar et al./Science AAAS 2009

What does fizz taste like? In bubbly beverages like soda or champagne, tiny bubbles give the drink a lift — and have a distinct taste. Scientists have long wondered how we taste these bubbles. In a new study on mice, scientists have connected that fizzy-taste sensation to the ability to taste sourness.

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