Why does salt change the taste of everything?

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If your coffee is too bitter, add a pinch of salt.

If your salad isn’t sour enough, add a pinch of salt.

If your beer is too bitter, add a pinch of salt. Salt has the seemingly magical ability to enhance good flavors and dampen bad ones.

How does it do that?

Come along on George’s epic journey into the wilds of salt science.

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