Random Question, pretty much completely unrelated to anything!

  1. Why is it that when I have spearmint gum in my mouth and I take a big ole swig of ice water the water tastes SO much colder than it would if I didn't have spearmint in my mouth?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Myxel67
    This happens with peppermint too--also with menthol cough drops. Maybe related to the tingling effect of mint or menthol.
  4. by   stillpressingon
    Any idea what happens physiologically?
  5. by   sanctuary
    Possibly this: Minty oils stimulate cells on the surface mucus membrane. Said cells are hyper-responsive to the next sensation, cold from the water. Sort of like the sensation of warm water being "hotter" to a sunburned area.
  6. by   burn out
    Is this the same principle as the warming sensation from the new KY jelly?
  7. by   sanctuary
    Someone else will need to answer that one.:imbar
  8. by   stillpressingon
    Quote from sanctuary
    Possibly this: Minty oils stimulate cells on the surface mucus membrane. Said cells are hyper-responsive to the next sensation, cold from the water. Sort of like the sensation of warm water being "hotter" to a sunburned area.
    I never thought of comparing the two but yeah, it prob'ly is the same - whatever "it" is!

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