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Salt Cancels Bitterness

Supertasters May Crave Salt

Even though you might think supertasters wouldn't want more salt, a new study shows that they love adding salt, says CNN. A supertaster experiences saltiness and bitterness more intensely than most of us. The lead author of the study from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is John Hayes, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science. Hayes and his team discovered that even though supertasters are more sensitive to salt, they liked more of it rather than less. They think this is true because salt aids in canceling out bitterness, which is experienced intensely by supertasters, who found low-sodium cheddar cheese to be twice as bitter as Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese.

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