Bubbles and bite: why fizzy drinks taste so good

Carbonated drinks get added bite from their bubbles.

Why do we choose to drink the beverages that we do? When we reach for a cup of coffee, perhaps it’s the caffeine we’re after; in a glass of wine, the social lubricating effects of alcohol may have lured us. But for carbonated drinks, the subtle zing of effervescence often combined with sugary sweetness, creates a sensory delight that can be irresistible.

It’s often thought that the tingling bite we experience when drinking a carbonated drink is due to the feeling of bubbles bursting in our mouth. But research over recent years has shown that carbonation bite is mostly caused by acidity.

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