Your tongue has special parts, bundled together as taste buds, that pick up flavour. But your other senses also help your brain work out how something tastes.
Your tongue, saliva and nose work together to help you taste your food.
Our taste system is conditioned so foods higher in energy taste better.
Recent studies have shown that we may be able to train ourselves to become more sensitive to certain tastes, which leads to feeling more full and satisfied after eating a meal.
Americans tend to prefer beers that have corn or rice ‘adjuncts,’ or fillers.
The unique role of the temperance movement in US history might explain why, when it comes to Americans' tastes, bland beer is still king.
Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was voted ninth in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years poll. What makes some songs endure as a classic and others fade away?
Number crunching the Hottest 100 votes produces fascinating insights into shifting musical tastes and poses the question: why was 1997 such a great year for music?
Make that winter dram an intellectual one.
What can you do to ensure a more perfect brew?
The science behind why what your barista achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home.
Blue cheese: either you love it or you hate it. But why?
Taste dictates most food choices, but there's more to it than just the taste buds on your tongue.
It can be tempting to look for shortcuts when it comes to eating your five serves of vegies a day.
Is it best to chop your salad vegies? What's good in theory doesn't always make much difference in practice, as the science tells us.
The first teeth may have evolved from combination of scales and tastebuds.
The dress Marilyn wore to sing happy birthday to JFK sold at auction recently for a record-breaking $4.8m.
Pleasure at the table, pleasure in life.
If New Year's resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on 'l'éducation du gout.'
The savory tastes so closely associated with Thanksgiving recall umami, which was ‘discovered’ more than 100 years ago by a Japanese chemist.
When you enjoy the delicious, savory foods of Thanksgiving, you're experiencing umami, the fifth taste, with a little-known history rooted in Japan.
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Cats share some important genes associated with herbivores – this might explain their particular eating habits.
‘Tasters’ often dislike bitter green vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Hate the taste of Brussels sprouts? Do you find coriander disgusting or perceive honey as too sweet? Your genes may be to blame.
Taste receptors for salty, sweet, bitter and sour are found all over the tongue.
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We can thank scholarly misinterpretation for the well-known but inaccurate map of the tongue.
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Last month Burger King took soft drinks off of their kids' menu. But will making low-fat milk and apple juice the new default options change how kids eat?
Taste acts as the gatekeeper of ingestion.
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