Why do people drink match heads in The Expanse?

Why do people drink match heads in The Expanse?

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  1. “… It’s a crucial part of the formula, neutralizes acidity, adds body…” All explained at the beginning of Season 1 / episode 2.

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  2. The primary ingredient in a match head is potassium chlorate KClO3. Potassium chlorate is a salt substitute. Adding salt to coffee makes it less bitter.

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  3. Credit to Rugwed Soman who proposed the base of this answer as #1 of his 3 possibilities
    The first time you see this is in the first episode of the series. Holden uses his XO badge to scrape the material from a match head into his coffee.
    This is to improve the taste, as confirmed in the dialog of the scene. Holden walks into the room and tells his crewmate that he can’t sleep and will take over what she’s doing. She replies, promising to “buy him a bottle on Ceres” to which he responds “I’d settle for a decent cup of coffee” immediately after which he is shown scraping the match head into the coffee.

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  4. The match head contains phosphorus. The coffee Holden and Ade drink is most likely frozen coffee. It will never be as fresh as the pure freshly ground coffee and will be lacking in certain flavours. That’s why Holden puts it in his cup. Cheapest way to put potassium and phosphorus in your coffee.
    Some kind of medication. I don’t remember the episodes. But there is a scene where Holden mentions taking some medicines.
    It isn’t a match. Just something shaped like one.
    Something from these three. I’m leaning towards #1.

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  5. In addition to all the answers so far, and it’s not mentioned In The books, my best guess would be to supplement the diets of the people living and working in space. It’s certainly even likely that potassium and or phosphorus aren’t readily available in the processed foods. Perhaps somehow the Epstein drive damages compounds with those elements as commonly found in food. Just a guess on that part.
    But aside from flavor, seasoning, enhancing caffeine, completing coffee bean compounds, and just to look bad ass… imma go with what I said above.

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