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    is the taste of ordinary table salt determined specifically by the sodium or chloride ion or is it the whole thing together? I'm wondering if its one or the other, due to the fact that it hydrolyses once it enters your mouth.


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    I think it may be the hydrolisation which gives sodium chloride its taste. Try sprinkling a bit of monosodium glutamate on your tongue, it tastes the same.


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    you mean to say disintrigation of sodium and chloride ions in saliva.
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    NaCl is no more thn a ligand for the salt receptors on the tongue, I dont think it's necessarily one of the uins, it may be the substance itself.
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    What does a ligand mean.
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    A nice answer for every question.
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    A ligand is a substance which binds to a receptor to evoke/prevent a response.

    Do you know what a receptor is then?
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