Science Friday (2/3): Gold has been used throughout much of history to add a bright, almost tangy flavor to foods and drinks.
Well, lead was used as an artificial sweetener.
I wanted to do a question on this!
False, it's decoration.
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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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.
Isn't gold used in cases of severe rheumatoid arthritis, though?
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.