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2021-10-25 8:42:44 AM  
Suddenly, SUGAR!
 
2021-10-25 10:04:19 AM  
Alton Brown described it as "that stuff that makes food taste bad when you don't use it."

I cook with very little salt. The result is that lots of restaurant and prepared foods taste way over salted to me.
 
2021-10-25 10:25:54 AM  
Interesting: If you stick out your tongue and dry it, it can't taste salt.
TMI: Common table salt is made of sodium chloride, or NaCl. Upon exposure to a liquid like saliva, the two ions dissociate into Na+ and Cl-. Once dissociated, the Na+ ions enter through ion channels on the taste receptors, and these gustatory receptors send electrical impulses towards the central nervous system to signal saltiness. Information from the gustatory receptors is sent into the brain via two different cranial nerves, the facial nerve (CN VII) and the glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX). Unlike many of the sensory systems, the gustatory system sends projections ipsilaterally: for example, the left half of the tongue sends information into the left hemisphere of the brain.
 
2021-10-25 10:41:38 AM  

fasahd: Interesting: If you stick out your tongue and dry it, it can't taste salt.
TMI: Common table salt is made of sodium chloride, or NaCl. Upon exposure to a liquid like saliva, the two ions dissociate into Na+ and Cl-. Once dissociated, the Na+ ions enter through ion channels on the taste receptors, and these gustatory receptors send electrical impulses towards the central nervous system to signal saltiness. Information from the gustatory receptors is sent into the brain via two different cranial nerves, the facial nerve (CN VII) and the glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX). Unlike many of the sensory systems, the gustatory system sends projections ipsilaterally: for example, the left half of the tongue sends information into the left hemisphere of the brain.


Thanks, Dr. Tongue!
 
2021-10-25 11:04:56 AM  

Tor_Eckman: Thanks, Dr. Tongue!


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2021-10-25 11:56:18 AM  

Tor_Eckman: Dr. Tongue


lol, added to fasahd's epithet!
 
2021-10-25 12:05:57 PM  

MrBallou: I cook with very little salt. The result is that lots of restaurant and prepared foods taste way over salted to me.


With the caveat that everyone has his own tastes: you're cooking wrong. The correct amount of salt is "almost too much." Salt should skirt that line of being too salty. Then your food is properly seasoned.

(Proper salting make you feel fuller, as well, so not only will you appreciate the food more you won't stuff your face with as much.)
 
2021-10-25 12:16:58 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: MrBallou: I cook with very little salt. The result is that lots of restaurant and prepared foods taste way over salted to me.

With the caveat that everyone has his own tastes: you're cooking wrong. The correct amount of salt is "almost too much." Salt should skirt that line of being too salty. Then your food is properly seasoned.

(Proper salting make you feel fuller, as well, so not only will you appreciate the food more you won't stuff your face with as much.)


I respectfully disagree. I started lowering salt because of hypertension, but I found I like food that is not on that ragged edge of too salty you refer to as 'properly seasoned'.

Yes, salt and fat still taste great to me, because that's the way we're built, but I don't miss them when I don't have them.
 
2021-10-25 1:17:05 PM  

fasahd: Interesting: If you stick out your tongue and dry it, it can't taste salt.


Can you taste anything that is dry with a dry tongue?

No?

Ok then.
 
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