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Does putting salt on fruit make it sweeter?


I know many people who sprinkle salt on apples and also on citrus fruits saying it makes them sweeter. I also know an older Japanese woman who always soaks her strawberries in salt water she believes this also makes them sweeter. Does this work and what is the science behind this.?

 

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

    I thought perhaps we were playing a trick on our bodies by convincing our taste buds it is sweeter than it really is.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 22 months ago

    Ah, so we aren't changing the fruit, we are changing the way we taste it. Thanks for that.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

    That surprises me, I thought it would increase the sweetness somehow.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

    Ah so it is more a flavor enhancer than a sweetner. Thanks for your answer.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

    I have never tried it on watermelon. Apples and starfruit I have. I wonder where this idea came from. Thanks for sharing your (or your dad's ) experience.


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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

    I have just started doing it again and seem to enjoy tart fruits more. I live in the tropics though, perhaps my body just wants more salt.