# Why does sodium bicarbonate taste salty? [duplicate]

I just made myself sodium bicarbonate solution to treat heartburn. I never did this before, I rarely suffer from this condition.

What surprised me is how salty did the solution taste. I thought there is no similarity between table salt and baking soda. Yet they taste almost the same it seems.

Why is that?

• Table salt is $\ce{NaCl}$ and sodium bicarbonate is $\ce{NaHCO3}$ so then what gives the "salty" taste? Nov 6 '17 at 22:57
• @Hexacoordinate-C So it's something with sodium? Nov 6 '17 at 22:59
• It should be related don't you think? Nov 6 '17 at 23:02
• Related Nov 6 '17 at 23:05
• Hmm, this: chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/19662/9961 is better answer, but feel both questions aren't good duplicates. Nov 7 '17 at 0:18