23 Oct The Daily Meal: Potato Chips And Ice Cream: How Did These 2 Become A Thing?
According to research recently published in the British Medical Journal, snacks like ice cream and chips, with their sweet and salty flavors, can be just as addictive as nicotine. It’s understandable, then, that the combination of the two might just be irresistible. As far as why salty and sweet is a mouthwatering combo, researchers have studied the intricacies of our taste sensors, discovering that they may be more complex than we realize. Scientists at the Monell Center found that sugar sensors on our tongues, known as SGLT1, are activated when salt is present, possibly explaining why sweetness is enhanced by salt — and giving the reason why a pinch of salt can elevate sweet foods.