science side of tumblr please explain why ice water tastes better than regular water
Because ice is water, and water is water. So if you put ice in water, it’s like… double water.
god damn it science side of tumblr
If anyone’s actually curious:
It’s because you taste cold things less intensely than you do hot things. Water does not have a flavor by itself, so when it’s warm, you taste the bitter impurities or metallic compounds or chlorine or sulfur or whatever is in your water.
When it’s cold, the chemical reactions that occur between the stuff in your mouth and the receptors in your taste buds are inhibited, so you get more of the clean, refreshing sensation of the water and less of the impurities and taste.
This is also why beer tastes better cold. In fact, “tastes better cold” can often just be used as shorthand for “is pretty unpalatable at room temperature”.