Water tastes better when thirsty

Listening to an episode of Freakonomics Radio, more precisely of a cross-broadcast of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, a titbit caught my ear: one of the contestants, Christie Aschwanden, claimed that there are specific receptors in the throat which activate differently when drinking depending on the level of thirst you feel, thus making a glass of water delicious when you’re parched.

I didn’t find anything about specific receptors but there is at least one study documenting neural correlates to the same effect.

Podcast episode: Freakonomics Radio Live: “The World’s a Mess. But Oysters, They Hold it Down.