Your Complex Sense of Taste

July 5, 2016 12:00 PM

Here are some interesting facts about the sophisticated sense called: Taste:

  • Dogs have approximately 1,700 taste buds while cats have fewer than 500
  • Humans have about 9,000 taste buds, allowing us to taste subtle spices in food or appreciate a great red wine
  • The animal winning the award for most taste buds is the catfish who have no taste buds in their mouths but instead, taste the water through their skins
  • Taste and smell are closely linked. The next time you have a stuffy nose, your sense of taste will probably be altered as well

After age 60, many people notice that their sense of taste is somewhat diminished and they often respond by adding more salt to food. However, a wide range of conditions can cause a loss of taste including colds, flu, allergies, or certain medications. Smoking, dental issues or nutritional deficiencies can also impair taste. Loss of this sense can be an indication of more serious conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, or an autoimmune condition. Any loss of taste lasting more than a couple of weeks should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.


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