Category Archives: Carbonation

Why carbonated beverages are pungent

If you've ever wondered what the biochemical pathway is that gives carbonated beverages that stinging or pungent sensation as the authors of a new paper put it, wonder no more. Ok, so probably few people other than these authors have, but I thought it was interesting enough to write about anyway. TRPV1, the most studied nociceptor (mediates the pain response to capsaicin), and the acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) were candidates for study, but other research suggested the "wasabi receptor" TRPA1 Read more [...]