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Soda’s bite requires more than carbonation’s bubbles, researchers conclude

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What gives carbonated drinks their zesty bite? Bubbles might be your first guess — but you’d be wrong.

In fact, bubbles aren’t needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it, according to a study published this past week in the journal PLOS One. The secret behind soda’s sharp taste is the acid that forms on your tongue when you take a sip.

Carbonated beverages are produced by dissolving carbon dioxide in liquid, typically under high pressure. Popping…

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