By identifying novel genes and molecular pathways involved in shaping a taste
cell's function, these findings may someday allow scientists to treat taste
disorders, characterize new taste
qualities, or even fine-tune a person's taste
perception to encourage healthier eating.
Obviously, preconceived notions about the way a medication will taste
often fall into the latter category.
In humans and animals aging decreases dietary and energy requirements and it is generally believed that reduced consumption is related to alterations in taste
When tested on the five taste
sensations, obese children aged between six and 18 could identify tastes
less precisely than those of a healthy weight.
Strange as it sounds, our taste
buds can ditch us at any moment.
: There was a background flavour that gave them an odd taste
They suspect that there are more taste
sensations than the ones we already know about, and they've been carrying out experiments to find out how taste
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Our sense of smell is of vital importance to taste
perception, with 70-75% of what we perceive as "taste
" due to our sense of smell.
This was the sixth year that Spoons Across America[R] proudly produced AIWF Days of Taste
in New York City.
: This lasagna had the rich, pleasing taste
of fresh tomatoes, but the pasta was a bit tough.
For example, a sour-detecting protein would weave in and out of the membranes of tongue cells, as the taste
receptors already identified do.
Previous research into taste
has revealed that the human tongue has about 10,000 taste
buds with five taste
sensations: sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami.
But if I say I don't like tomatoes and that liking tomatoes is not only wrong but a sin against good taste
that makes me sick to the stomach, this may perhaps be true-who can tell the vagaries of allergy?
Contrary to gringo mythology, high-end Mexican tequila is not made from cactus juice, doesn't come with an engorged worm loitering at the bottom of the bottle, and isn't swilled with a grimace from a shot glass followed by a squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon of salt to mask its taste