Sweet, salty and a little bit saucy: the science of why bad things taste so good

Cosmos Magazine


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In the latest episode of Huh? Science Explained, we’re looking at heart disease’s arch nemesis – salt and sugar.

But salt and sugar aren’t just delicious villains – they’ve got their own story to tell.

Join Cosmos Magazine journalist and baking aficionado Jacinta Bowler in learning the sweet and sour on these teensy-tiny white crystals.

Is our love of sugar and salt hardwired into our brain? Is MSG is actually bad for you? And why it is so hard to analyse the flavour of soy sauce? It’s time to check out whether your knowledge of the white stuff passes the taste test.

Huh? Science Explained is a LiSTNR production.


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