Did you know that carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks sets off the same sensors in the nasal cavity as mustard and horseradish, according to University of Southern California?
We all have felt noxious tingling sensation when soda goes down your throat too fast, right? That burning sensation comes from a system of nerves that respond to sensations of pain. But we don’t know which sell and which molecules within those cells are responsible for the painful sensation we experience. By flowing carbonated saline onto a dish of nerve cells from the sensory circuits in the nose and mouth, the researchers found that the gas activated only a particular type of cell, which detect mustard. For more information HERE.
I never actually thought that the fizzy feeling by drinking soda and mustard are the same. Than, are those people who like the fizzy feeling from drinking soda would like mustard? Maybe then they would love wasabi too!