Are there certain foods that just don’t taste right to you, but everyone else seems to love? Maybe you are smell blind. Read on to learn what that is, and thanks for visiting us at Shoreline Endodontics of Groton, CT.
Barb Stuckey, author of Taste: Surprising Stories and Science About Why Food Tastes Good, shares why we think “mmm” or “eww” for certain foods, and what our preferences really mean. From Readers Digest Magazine.
1. Do you abhor stinky cheeses?
You might be a “tolerant taster” who sports fewer tastes buds. Tolerant tasters are generally unfussy eaters, unless they happen to also have an excellent sense of smell. Then strongly scented foods like blue cheese are out of balance: The taste doesn’t match up with the smell, which leads to dislike.
2. Would your dream meal be french fries and ice cream?
You might be a survivor of multiple ear infections, which can damage the “taste nerves.” Instead of experiencing sensations like bitterness and fattiness in balance, you may perceive a more pronounced fatty sensation, making rich foods extra tempting.
3. Does dark chocolate remind you of coal?
You could have damage to your trigeminal “touch nerve,” which often happens during mouth surgery. In this case, foods that are both fatty and bitter—like chocolate—can come across as simply very bitter.
4. Would you rather eat soap than cilantro?
Just like color blindness, you can also be “smell blind” to various scents, which drastically affects taste. Cilantro has a very complex aroma, but cilantro haters are smell blind and just perceive soap. No wonder it tastes disgusting!
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