In an experiment conducted at the Computer Human Interaction conference, in Austin, Texas, a group of researches added electricity to different foods and beverages, to see how the added charge might manipulate the food’s flavor.
A small wire connected to a 9-volt battery was threaded through a straw, and the straw placed in a cup of lemonade. Volunteers brave enough to try this rigged drink were asked to sign a waiver, though really 9 volts isn’t enough to pose any real threat. As Nick Barber explains over at PCWorld, the electrically-charged lemonade tasted blander, as though the sugar had been removed. This is because, for lack of a better term, the “flavor” of electricity simulates added salt.
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