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Bad Aftertaste of Toothpaste?

Bytesize Science takes on a common breakfast disturbance — the foul taste of orange juice after you brush your teeth. Toothpaste is loaded with a cornucopia of chemicals that add flavors, body, texture, and most importantly, the ability to clean your teeth. One compound in particular, a detergent known as sodium lauryl sulfate, is responsible for the suds that you produce when brushing. As it turns out, this compound has an interesting effect on your mouth’s taste receptors. Watch the video to find out exactly how SLS alters your sense of taste, and be prepared to amaze your friends at breakfast when you drop chemical facts on why this bitter combo leads to such a puckered up, gross experience.

The Chemistry of Alcohol

Saint Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and there are many ways to celebrate like Irish soda bread at breakfast or corned beef and cabbage for dinner. For those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, moderation is key. Alcohol has several negative effects on your body — many of which can amount to a miserable morning after. H/T Bytesize Science

Chocolate’s Beneficial Chemistry

Besides buying a box of chocolates for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, you might also want to get a few boxes to stash away for yourself. Scientific research has proven that chocolate, in moderation, can be good for your health. Bytesize Science delves into the chemistry of chocolate to explain why this is so.

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