You Can Taste Garlic with Your Feet!?

This week Reactions is getting into some weird chemistry tricks. Did you know you can taste garlic through your feet? Science, man. It’s crazy. If you stick your foot in a bag filled with garlic cloves and rub them on the bottom of your foot, you will actually be able to taste garlic! It’s not because you have secret garlic taste buds on your feet. It’s because the molecules responsible for garlic’s smell (allicin) can penetrate your skin, get into your blood and travel to your mouth and nose, where you suddenly start to sense the taste of garlic.

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Sam Lemonick

Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Scientific consultants:
Eric Block, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Video Producer:
Sean Parsons

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Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others’ butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it’s OK to pee in the pool? We’ve got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

Reactions is produced by the American Chemical Society.

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