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firefly5 April 2nd, 2016 7:05pm

Science Friday (2/3): Gold has been used throughout much of history to add a bright, almost tangy flavor to foods and drinks.

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SpecialJ Illinois
04/03/16 3:46 pm

Well, lead was used as an artificial sweetener.

firefly5 the verse
04/03/16 11:11 pm

I wanted to do a question on this!

susanr Colorado
04/02/16 12:18 pm

False. It's been used in food, but primarily as decoration; sometimes I think for some purported health effects (emphasis on purported). But it has no taste at all.

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ronderman North Carolina
04/02/16 1:24 pm

Why do I "hang out" with smart people?

chickencookie
04/02/16 1:56 pm

Susan knows everything! 😀

susanr Colorado
04/02/16 2:08 pm

No she doesn't!

firefly5 the verse
04/03/16 11:12 pm

Close enough for most of us.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
04/02/16 12:06 pm

Somebody get this man a calendar!

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firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 12:07 pm

Fridays are so busy ATM. I'm doing my best, and I'll get back to Fridays ASAP.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
04/02/16 12:07 pm

Lol relax, just busting balls 😋

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 12:10 pm

No, I gotcha. You get a poke back, though.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
04/02/16 12:11 pm

I don't think I ever saw a follow up - how'd your meeting with NDT go?

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
04/02/16 12:12 pm

Well ok, but at least buy me a drink first 😉😂

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 12:17 pm

It's a deal. NDT was fantastic. Crazy smart, of course, but an actual human, too.

firefly5 the verse
04/02/16 12:06 pm

Gold has been used as a food additive, it's true, but only for aesthetic reasons. Gold is nearly inert (which is part of why it's been so valuable over time), so it doesn't interact with the body. We smell and taste things by having them bind to receptors, which requires a sort of reaction. If gold won't react, then we won't taste it. What's more, is that gold really doesn't react with *any* part of our body chemistry. This means that the gold that's added into foods and drinks to make people feel fancy, is pretty much just producing fancy poop.
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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
04/02/16 12:17 pm

Well I do feel pretty damn fancy when I'm taking Goldschlager shots, no lie.

Wert A picture of my package
04/02/16 12:54 pm

Isn't gold used in cases of severe rheumatoid arthritis, though?

susanr Colorado
04/02/16 1:37 pm

That would be gold salts, if I remember right, not the elemental metal. I don't know that they're used much any more, though - issues with serious side effects, I think.