Why Does Wine Make Your Mouth Feel Dry?

By Brian Lemay 100 comments


You know that feeling you get when you bite
into an unripe pear or banana, munch on too many walnuts, or sip red wine, and your mouth
gets dry, rough, and puckery? That feeling is your mouth temporarily turning
into leather. We make real leather through a long and complex
process, with a central step called “”tanning””, in which we soak animal skin in water along
with plant material. If we took skin off an animal and didn’t
tan it, hungry bacteria would release enzymes that cut the skin’s main protein – collagen
– into digestible bits, essentially causing it to rot. But when we tan the skin before it can rot,
chemicals called tannins leak from the plants and bond to the collagen, blocking the sites
the enzymes could cut, and giving us rot-resistant leather. But plants don’t make tannins so that humans
can have long-lasting, protective clothing. Instead, they make them partly to protect
themselves from getting eaten. Which brings us back to your mouth. When a deer… or a human… eats a leaf,
the protein-bonding tannins in those plant parts latch onto the slippery proteins in
our saliva and on our tongues and cheeks and cause them to stick together in a tangled
mess, giving us the dry, rough feeling of a tanned tongue. Some animals learn to avoid plants that are
particularly tongue-tanning, but we humans, lovers of spicy, bitter, and rotten foods,
have actually come to like this feeling – in moderation – so we seek out foods that contain
tannins, like grapes, pomegranates, pecans, chocolate, coffee, and tea. But if we overdo it, our mouths’ slippery
proteins get so tangled that the friction becomes really uncomfortable. Luckily, the bonds between tannins and proteins
are temporary, meaning that a tanned tongue – just like a freshly-tanned animal skin that
hasn’t yet gone through the rest of the leather-making process – can be un-tanned. Just wait for your mouth to create enough
new saliva to dilute the tannins and carry them away. Or, drink your tea and coffee with milk and
eat your grapes with cheese – the tannins will bond to the milk’s proteins, instead
of yours, leaving your mouth smooth and leather-free. This tannin-talizing episode was brought to
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100 Comments

PRAME Storytime

May 5, 2018, 2:53 pm Reply

Yay…..now I know how to eat bananas 🍌

Dymond

May 5, 2018, 7:05 pm Reply

OH LA LA
I'm eating spicy food right now
AND IT GETS UNCORMFORTABLE WHEN YOUR MOUTH BUUUUUUURNS¬

Typhany Ky

May 5, 2018, 3:25 am Reply

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Unicorn Girl Teo

May 5, 2018, 5:47 pm Reply

0:56 ,,hooman” we are actually hoomans?? WE WERE LIED TO ABOUT OUR SPECIES????
Edit: I am going NUTS about the ,,hooman” thing

Mya Girl

May 5, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

I don't know if I'm alone here but the image of the dry mouth made me kinda uncomfortable😧

Kitkat Animations

May 5, 2018, 6:28 pm Reply

So the harmful bacteria enzymes are scissors!?
Man scientists were wrong about what enzymes look like

Queen M

May 5, 2018, 6:09 pm Reply

ive never have drinked wine cause it looks disgusting! but same ways good. But good video!

I need lava

May 5, 2018, 6:50 am Reply

I've never expreinced drinking becuase I'm under 18

_Jordorb

May 5, 2018, 4:14 am Reply

Yeah if we have to put cheese or milk to fix the dry mouth, but…. Im…. lactose

HeyItzRane

May 5, 2018, 9:37 am Reply

Also the feeling I get when I open my mouth for too long or lick a towel (trust me, towels taste horrible).

HeyItzRane

May 5, 2018, 9:41 am Reply

i just realized… I DISLIKE MILK AND CHEESE AND I HATE THAT DRY FEELING!!!!

Snow The wolf

May 5, 2018, 11:20 am Reply

0:56 there are cats working at minute earth!

Proof: the correct way to spell human the wrong way to spell hooman you know how we give our pets these cute little voices and can't say words correctly human becomes hooman

Sabrina Hu

May 5, 2018, 3:34 am Reply

what about grape yogurt? wait…..is that even such thing? soo, does it work?

kyneil elefante

Jun 6, 2018, 2:09 pm Reply

Hooman

Min Yoongi FanGirl

Jun 6, 2018, 1:18 pm Reply

I dont like spicy food 😛

Annoying Snek

Jul 7, 2018, 7:00 am Reply

It also happens when someone eats to many goldfish sometimes.

The little Ace

Jul 7, 2018, 12:09 pm Reply

I dont drink wine

I play gacha life And stuff

Jul 7, 2018, 7:29 am Reply

My mouth feels that way after I ate meat that is in a pie… WHY?

Luke Cooper

Jul 7, 2018, 8:48 am Reply

Really you named him Hooman

mrs mozzarella sticks

Jul 7, 2018, 12:51 am Reply

Me: eats something that makes my mouth dry
Me: PEH peh ack peh

Miki DO5

Jul 7, 2018, 8:16 pm Reply

Might reaction of tannins with milk be cause of drinking tea with milk?

Unknown Legend

Jul 7, 2018, 5:40 pm Reply

B E L T T O U N G E

woof woof

Jul 7, 2018, 11:41 pm Reply

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Batetay Belle

Jul 7, 2018, 11:35 pm Reply

Ummmmmmmmmmm i eat banana and drink milk

The Gamer

Aug 8, 2018, 5:24 pm Reply

OHHHHHHHHHHH THATS WHY THERES WINE & CHEESE

YeetOnDeez #POLSKA

Aug 8, 2018, 5:38 pm Reply

becouse its alcohol and i hate it

Kaede Sakura

Aug 8, 2018, 8:10 pm Reply

Is that also true for junket?

Thwe Shein

Aug 8, 2018, 6:03 am Reply

2:80

Thwe Shein

Aug 8, 2018, 6:04 am Reply

I love 2. 80 😝

I_like_ turts

Aug 8, 2018, 2:05 am Reply

When she said deer or human the name tag said 'Hooman' 😂👌😂👌

Lance Talbert

Aug 8, 2018, 7:01 pm Reply

He looks like one of the dumb ways to die people

Sophie Banfield

Aug 8, 2018, 10:25 pm Reply

Who would win in one slipway tongue for someone to timing boy

ZOE SELTZER

Aug 8, 2018, 4:23 pm Reply

0:06 ok so maybe my mouth is just fucking leather cause it’s always dry

Scarlet Productionsシ

Aug 8, 2018, 3:58 pm Reply

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Oh no! I wrote it backwards!….read it from top to bottom please!

Gavin Su

Aug 8, 2018, 1:16 am Reply

Emily or Kate W/ poor old scarface?Scarface and Kate in a heartbeat, scarface is so adorable with that bone in his mouth!

Sammy That gacha person

Sep 9, 2018, 12:48 am Reply

HOOMAN

Jasper Geli

Sep 9, 2018, 3:49 am Reply

0:09 Me eating a lemon

StarPlays

Sep 9, 2018, 11:50 pm Reply

I hate it when my mouth gets dry

bintuiran

Sep 9, 2018, 10:52 am Reply

why not 100 plus?

Dustotom2007’s Gaming

Sep 9, 2018, 1:50 pm Reply

Hooman.

Fifi_ Leafy

Sep 9, 2018, 4:44 am Reply

Lol thumbnail looks a bit like wobbuffet 😆

Cupcakes and stars

Sep 9, 2018, 2:57 pm Reply

I misclicked and the video was like: "Hi, this is Emily from Minute Earth END "

Lillian Torres

Oct 10, 2018, 1:09 pm Reply

I'm lactose and tolerant

TheGoldenlynx

Oct 10, 2018, 1:29 am Reply

No wonder I have to drink water after I eat a whole bar of choclate!

B0b TheBuilder

Oct 10, 2018, 5:15 am Reply

Goodman 😀

Puggo

Oct 10, 2018, 1:28 pm Reply

Am i weird cuz i have never felt that

Στελιος Μπατσιος

Nov 11, 2018, 5:06 pm Reply

replay button 0:00 only cost 1 like

Delila .cøm

Nov 11, 2018, 12:28 am Reply

Did u see that it said hooman

Read more

Liza Piashko

Dec 12, 2018, 2:05 am Reply

i was eating a pomegranate while eating this

tek stikbot

Dec 12, 2018, 1:02 pm Reply

1:13 pikachu

The Cereal Guy

Dec 12, 2018, 8:12 am Reply

hmm

Chinese Cartoon

Dec 12, 2018, 3:48 am Reply

Lemons?

Christian Owen Abuel

Dec 12, 2018, 7:57 am Reply

Do you guys even know how to spell human

Slvrr Gld

Dec 12, 2018, 5:41 pm Reply

So that is why grapes make my mouth dry…
Wine makes your mouth dry AHAHA

Gacha Kawaii

Dec 12, 2018, 5:01 am Reply

I was eating grapes while watching this

Aaaa Bbbb

Dec 12, 2018, 3:21 pm Reply

B

boo the dog

Dec 12, 2018, 6:19 pm Reply

You too much of something it tastes terrible or if you too much chocolate look like they said just drink something if you eat too much chocolate just drink something

Kawaii Wolf

Dec 12, 2018, 8:24 pm Reply

hooman

Luke Cooper

Dec 12, 2018, 8:42 pm Reply

Hoomans dad must of loved deer

ADITYA BAGHEL

Jan 1, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

What software do you use for video making?

somebodyyoudontknow

Jan 1, 2019, 4:45 pm Reply

I dont even drink wine and i never knew it make your mouth dry

Abril Martinez

Jan 1, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

nooooooooeh i dont

Fuzzy ArticWolf

Jan 1, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

HOOMAN

Iceypumpkin head

Jan 1, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

Okay but who be sucking all the moisture outta my mouth while I'm sleeping?

CocoFrogs

Jan 1, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

This explains my tongues reaction to walnuts

Zeeky Boogy Doog

Jan 1, 2019, 3:32 am Reply

Does water works too?

•Shu Kurenai•

Jan 1, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

Have you ever looked at a comment that said “Have you ever looked at a comment and said, ‘Awww! I could’ve wrote that’ and said ‘Man I wished I could’ve written that comment’?

Unit City

Feb 2, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

I always wanted to know this.👍

Tofu_GameZ Z

Feb 2, 2019, 6:12 am Reply

Plants: I'm gonna create tannin so yall won't eat me >:)
Human: But tannin tastes great for us humans
Plants left the chat

Natividad Abarca

Mar 3, 2019, 10:43 pm Reply

I don't like you for saiding that

Tammy Luvin Life

Mar 3, 2019, 2:27 am Reply

Wine and alcohol is bad and red wine is also bad because it has human flesh in it and it could kill you and white wine has poison in it so there's a reason why smoking is worse than getting killed because smoking can damage the lungs and cause troubles with breathing and smoking also causes cancer and death

FDK_Valecoool 101

Mar 3, 2019, 8:31 am Reply

Is it ok that I just ate walnuts,chocolate, and tea just to feel that feeling

Sage Is a pleb

Mar 3, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

Im eating a pangranate and my mouth felt weird so i relooked this video to see if i saw pangrantes in it

Little Eevee

Mar 3, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

I know I know 0:00

Michaelflash123s stuff

Mar 3, 2019, 9:12 pm Reply

A wild dangerous bacteria appeared!
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It's super effective
Dangerous bacteria fainted

Kitsune animates

Mar 3, 2019, 9:37 am Reply

Sadly
My tough is spilling blood
(Like theres cuts)

Lorelei G

Apr 4, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

My mouth is lether lets make a coat out of mah tongue

Space_liz

Apr 4, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

Yes I am hooman

Stephanie Hughes

Apr 4, 2019, 2:53 am Reply

Your correct because i just got done drinking tea and went to the kitchen and got milk and it worked👍

Jazzpah

Apr 4, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

why does wine make my soul feel dry

fulcrum 29

Apr 4, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Dat tongue

AC Piggy

May 5, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

Oh so that’s why when I eat bananas with wooed cream my mouth doesn’t feel bad

DarkShadowsX5

May 5, 2019, 1:07 am Reply

i didn't even know this was a thing…. is it genetic? i've never had my tong feel dry after eating or drinking anything. including wine.

MewPotato Kitty University

Jun 6, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

Ive eaten a leaf before when i was 5 years old it dried a little and rhen it became very sour and bitter i dont know why

_ _UwU_ _

Jun 6, 2019, 10:26 am Reply

I'm 11 and i drink wine this is my true age cross my heart..

Oliver Buck

Jun 6, 2019, 10:05 pm Reply

0:03 No I don’t actually🤔😂

Orion Dees

Jun 6, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

why????

XxGachaMoviesxX

Jun 6, 2019, 6:44 am Reply

Im 9 so yeah

clxwncrxwn

Jun 6, 2019, 1:47 am Reply

IS THIS WHY WE EAT CHEESE WITH WINE? mind blown 🤯

Deficere X

Jun 6, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

Sinitic languages has a word for this taste 😂

Bjornar

Jun 6, 2019, 9:43 am Reply

So i can turn my tounge into leather?

Robinson (Robi) Iliev

Jun 6, 2019, 4:16 pm Reply

This was very enterTANNING

Kssk •

Jun 6, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

If you use grapes to make wine, and you eat grapes with cheese to not get tanned…

ohhh that’s why you eat cheese with wine.

smol bean huuwee

Jun 6, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

lol when im 11 im gonna get sum wineeeeeeeeeeee

TOAST WARRIOR

Jun 6, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

Who else thought the thumbnail looked like a wobbafett

Juggy Muggy

Jun 6, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

I just ate pomegranate and then this video said something about it.

Kevin Wang

Jun 6, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

0:18 that cow knows what’s coming

The Derp Nation

Jul 7, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

1 million 62 thousandth!!11!!1!11

Likol gacha’s

Jul 7, 2019, 4:53 pm Reply

The thumbnail looked like a wobbufet

oreo panda gaming

Jul 7, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

Why do walnuts make me sleepy

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