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PostSubject: Super tasters, non-tasters and how your tongue's bumps may affect your appetite   Super tasters, non-tasters and how your tongue's bumps may affect your appetite EmptyTue 21 Aug 2018, 4:59 pm

You might think something like broccoli can't vary too much in taste from person to person, but no one piece of food tastes the same to everyone.

Why? Because we all have a different level of taste — and one in four of us are super tasters.

The emerging science around taste has shown super tasters can taste more, so they have less of an appetite for strongly flavoured foods.

In other words, super tasters don't tend to like high-fat, high-sugar foods.

Here's an easy test you can do at home to see where you fall on the spectrum of non-taster, average taster or super taster.
What you'll need

   Blue food colouring
   Cotton tips
   Tissue
   Hole punch
   White cardboard
   Magnifying glass or phone

How to test your tasting power
1. Put blue dye on a cotton tip
2. Rub the cotton tip with the blue dye onto tongue and dab your tongue with a tissue
3. Punch a roughly 6mm hole in a piece of paper
4. Place the piece of paper with the hole on your tongue
5. Use your phone to take a photo and count how many bumps you have within that roughly 6mm hole

The pink bumps that emerge from the dye are papillae. Each bump houses three to five tastebuds, which in turn are each made up of about 50 to 150 taste receptor cells.

Each receptor is best at sensing a single flavour – sweet, savoury, salty, bitter, umami and fat.

Under the microscope the papillae look like tiny mushrooms, which explains why they're called "fungiform papillae".
So which taster are you?
Less than 15 papillae = Non-taster (25 per cent of the population)

Non-tasters count less than 15 papillae. Fewer tastebuds means non-tasters complain food is bland and boring.

They tend to compensate by enjoying spice, heat and lots of seasoning.

They also report a higher daily intake of discretionary fats than average or super tasters.
15 - 35 papillae = Average taster (50 per cent of the population)

Average tasters are the luckiest, and most common, of the lot.

At 50 per cent of the population, they are easy to please and enjoy most food.
35+ papillae = Super taster (25 per cent of the population)

Super tasters will count more than 35 papillae. They perceive neon taste in a pastel world.

While this 'superpower' sounds enviable, super tasters can be very picky eaters.

They have a greater sensitivity to the bitter compounds found in foods like broccoli, brussels sprouts and asparagus.

To mask the bitterness, super tasters can be heavy-handed with salt.
A question of taste.

If you're uneasy about what kind of taster you are, don't panic.

A recent study of twins showed that eight weeks on a low-fat diet can substantially reduce the appetite for fatty foods by making your body more sensitive to fat.

The twins in the study went on either a low-fat or high-fat diet to see how their perception of fat taste changed, and whether the environment or genes affect how sensitive we are to fat taste.

According to Professor Russell Keast from Deakin University, the more sensitive you are to fat, the less of it you eat.

In other words, the more fat you can taste, the less likely you are to consume it, with your body adapting.

A sense of taste is built into our genes, but genetics aren't everything. You can train your tastebuds — or even reset them.

The more high-taste junk foods we eat, the more we crave them.

So, if you're seeking out super tasty foods as a way of trying to wake up the few tastebuds you have, it might be time to go back to basics and eat foods with no stimulating additives — in other words, bland.

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PostSubject: Re: Super tasters, non-tasters and how your tongue's bumps may affect your appetite   Super tasters, non-tasters and how your tongue's bumps may affect your appetite EmptyTue 21 Aug 2018, 6:02 pm

I dislike broccoli but love brussels sprouts, asparagus tastes very bland to me.
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