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Have you ever had a cold and eating wasn't any fun because you couldn't taste your food? Why is that? Because our sense of smell is connected to how we taste foods. We breathe in as we put food into our mouths, and that is the start of tasting the food.
We generally have 5 flavors that we taste:
- Savory (also known as umami)
In addition to the smell, we also taste food based on how it looks and how it feels. The visual aspect of food is highly important to many people. If a food doesn't look appetizing, it doesn't get eaten. Texture also plays a part. Many people won't eat shrimp or raisins or tofu because of the texture of these specific foods.
Tune in tomorrow for part 2 of taste when I will talk about how our taste evolves from the time we are in utero and how it influences how your kids eat.
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