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Why does water have no flavor?
Question Date: 2013-02-27
Answer 1:

That's a great question. Water has no flavor because in its pure form (two hydrogen atoms bound to one oxygen), water does not have any compounds that interact with your tongue's taste receptors ("taste buds"). However, most water is not pure (for example, it often has dissolved minerals in it) so water does often tend to have a subtle taste.

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