Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why toothpaste + orange juice = barf

You've for sure had the misfortune of drinking some OJ right after your morning tooth brushing, only to experience what I'll (conservatively) describe as the taste of a bag of buttholes in your mouth. But worse. I've been wondering about this phenomenon forEVER. Today, nymag solves the mystery.

"[Y]ou should blame it on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is added to your toothpaste to give your mouth that bubbly, fake-clean feeling [...] The compound seems to suppress your tongue’s sweetness taste receptors, so after brushing you have a harder time registering the juicy-sweetness of the OJ. At the same time, SLS blocks taste receptors called phospholipids, which inhibit the taste of bitter. In other words, SLS tamps down your ability to taste sweet things while, at the same time, amping up your ability to taste bitter things."
Neat, right!  Though I guess there's still nothing you can do to prevent the aforementioned butthole brew, save for avoiding juice. But who can live under such oppression!

Anyway, this post is brought to you by Science Before Noon (TM), because we're smart people. Now, enjoy some cute photos while I go put my makeup on. See ya! :*

Top image c/o Joeri

Bottom image c/o 72dpi

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