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Stop Adding Sugar To Your Coffee - Science Says To Use Salt Instead

We are always looking for more creative ways to drink coffee. If you've ever ordered a one-shot, half-sweet, vanilla soy latte from Starbucks, you know what I mean. Even if you don't add extras to your cup of joe, you probably add sugar to help take off the bitter edge of the coffee beans.

Now experts are saying we shouldn't be adding sugar - we should use salt instead!

But why?

According to a study from the journal Nature, adding sodium ions to a bitter cup of coffee will help suppress the bitter flavor and enhance the overall taste of the coffee.

But don't start adding teaspoons of salt to your coffee just yet. The Independent writes that only the bitterest of coffee would benefit from adding salt, and if you do add some, a small pinch will do just fine.


Although it might seem gross at first, it's not surprising when you realize we add salt to many foods to bring out the flavor. In fact, wine experts have been known to add a few shakes to their glass to improve the taste and smoothness.

Would you try adding salt to your coffee? Let us know what you think in the comments!