Senses; TASTE

This post should be the first of a series that I should be undertaking that will help you and me with getting to know our Sensory Systems. However, if I somehow deem it not useful or not interesting enough; I won’t continue it. :)
TASTE (a.k.a Gustation)
As a part of my University degree, Biomedical Science, I’m required to learn about some interesting properties about our sensory systems. And today, I’d like to teach you all about the most common form of sensory; Taste. (yummmmm)
There are five basic tastes that we know as of today.
Sweet (this taste usually indicates energy rich nutrients), Salty (allows modulation diet for electrolyte balance), Bitter (allows the sensing of natural toxins), Sour (typically the taste of amino acids) and Umami (the taste of amino acids).
(Umami is a new taste that was discovered recently by the Japanese)
Anyway, I know that many of you have heard about the “taste map” that is on our tongues.
But new studies show that this map is well ..wrong
Because there should not be any sort of localization on the tongue; and hence all the tastes should be distributed evenly across the tongue. Although, it is true that certain regions are slightly more sensitive to certain tastes than others; but basically – it’s evenly spread across your tongue !
(This error occurred when there was a mistranslation of a German paper in to English*-*)
So have you ever wondered why sometimes you could think Miso Soup tastes good; when someone else might think it tastes too sour? And this could very well be a huge problem; especially if you’re the cook of the house ;) Well, basicaly, this happens because of your threshold. Each person has their own threshold to how much they can handle of a certain taste. (like how much you can handle sour!)
Think of it as, the more you eat a certain taste; the more “used” to it you will be.
 And hence, this is where “ADAPTATION” comes in !
Your tongue has an amazing ability to adapt to higher levels of the same taste (ie, salt) So, the more you eat ..say, a lemon. The more adaptive your tongue becomes; and your threshold increases so that you will be able to intake a higher level of concentration before thinking it’s way toooooo sour.
There’s also CROSS ADAPTATION, which explains why the above taste map is completely wrong. It’s pretty much is; if you have a high intake of say ..sugar; your threshold for something that is sour becomes lower because your taste receptors become more sensitive to this new taste. Hence, this shows that your taste receptors are not specific to only one taste :)
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But, did you know that, your body can recognize a “deficiency”? So the next time you’re craving salt, it might just mean that you really are lacking it !
What taste are you most accustomed with?
and have you ever thought something tasted fine, when others thought it tasted too much of a taste?
I think mine would be either sweet or salt. Which are both probably bad things ._.
Hence I always think things taste too bland when everyone else is like tooo saltyyy!!

44 comments to Senses; TASTE

  • Naka

    oh i think i can eat my spicy food now :p and this is a fun theme post ^^ i sucked at biology, I resat my exam around 5months after my first try and got the same exact score whihc was one mark away from an A!

    and cute photos ^^

  • Vu

    hehehe Revising and blogging at the same time, good stuff.

    Oooh, that was quite informative. I didn't know that the taste map was incorrect/mistranslated. :O

    I'm mostly accustomed with sweet foods, I simply can't get enough of them. >:]

    As for the foods which I thought tasted fine but others beg the differ, it would have to be durian. Now I'm pretty sure it's a hit or a miss with that fruit since some people seem to love it (i.e. me) and some seem to really hate it. xD

    Good luck for the remainder of your exams, sweetheart! :)

  • Exuvalia

    Hmm. I don't really have an accustomed taste. I'm quite okay with all of them. :)

    And gosh, Melody, you look gorgeous in those pictures.

  • enchi

    Cute post Melody!! <3

    Love the pics.. :))

    I really love all the tastes specially the combination of sweet, sour and spicy!! Yum Yum!!

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    If so… I suggest that you check out my blog and be aware of the hazards that mineral make-up has. :)

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    Thanks for sharing!!

    Much love,
    enchi :3

  • Jilliancat

    ahhhhh super cute post!! <3 where's the LIKE button lol.

    I think I like sour the best, erm I wonder is there anyone out there who likes bitter stuff.*_*

  • Jonhsan

    oh wow, such educational post! lol

    Most food actually tastes normal to me, but everyone always complain its too sweet/salty. So I have a high tolerance towards those? OR MAYBE EVERYONE ELSE IS JUST WEAK =D

  • Rebekah

    Such a cool post ♥
    And you've done such a long post about it !

  • gyc

    this is more interesting then the lessons taught in school, you should consider being a teacher, i'd love to be in your lessons! ^^

    i think i'm more of a sweet-tooth girl. i can't stand olives and pineapple.

  • xxkatielee

    Lately I`ve been craving salty foods a lot … Hmmm , maybe it`s like you said , I am lacking it , ahah , problem solved (: (:

  • Saving Capulet

    I love how this post is sooo cute and colorful and so informative at the same time <3 I wonder if I can train my tongue to get used to spicy since the bf loves spicy foods and I hate it :<

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    When I was little, I used to eat limes or lemons plain, which grossed out my friends…Now that I can't handle the sour-ness anymore, I can understand why.__.

  • amanda

    wow, i got an education out of this. HAHA <3

    i think my taste buds have adapted. i always pour bulk sugar and salt onto things. XD

  • Pui

    hahahahhahaha this is such a good idea
    xD
    i remember studying this last year in 1052!!
    good luck for your exam!!!

  • Bibi

    This is really interesting! And cute at the same time ^.^

    I think I'm most accustomed with salty taste. I like it best too, and I kind of need a lot of salt, as I have low bloodpressure… Win!
    I can't really remember a situation where I liked something someone else didn't. Most of the time it's the other way around ^.^ Usually with bread. I often think there isn't enough salt in the bread, while actually to all other people it tastes fine… (salt again -___-)

  • P o o p e r

    It feels like Anatomy/Psychology class all over again, but with a cute and fun twist! *__* <33 Continue these posts! It'll definitely help everyone remember these things.

    I'm more use to sour but I'm not use to sweet stuff. I like sweets, but not as much as everyone I know. D:
    I don't like ice cream or cake, people think I'm crazy!

  • dwag0ns

    I like sweet stuff =]

    I remember one time we tried something sweet and I liked it but then my friends said it was too sweet >.<

  • petitechouxx

    i remember back when i went to eat ramen. For me, the taste was okay and my sister thought it was too salty xD

  • Mooshi.Chui

    i like thinks very very salty!!!
    and I cant handle things that are too sweet :)
    cept for chocolate of cos teeheee!!!
    such an informative blog ^__^!!!
    i wished i knew about all this!!!!

    btw you look so pretty in the picture with u and your boyfriend <3

    xx mooshichui.blogspot.com

  • lala

    aww. nice entry. :)
    i love the pics. so cute.:)

  • Rena

    MUAHAHAH! What about spicyness/hotness? is that the same thing? Hum…because I can eat really spicy things, compared to others who don't favor spicyness…(is that spelled incorrectly? *sigh)

    <33 Rena

  • Oami

    Yeah, I think You have a lot of right. It is also important to feel good in this what we are wearing. I'm sometimes a little confused about it, coz I'm trying to inspired my style by the East Asia (funny thing, coz my name short version is actually 'Asia' (^U^)v ; it's still not what I like but we haven't appropriate clothes in stores) but I'm not a small girl + I have 175cm, so not always looks good :< It's don't change the fact that I feel like a child and I'd like to be a child how long I could, so I'm wearing these short skirts, some bright colors (a lot of pink!), bows or sometimes colorfull hair. But it's totally unnormal in my country and I hear a lot of comments about this what I wear. Ehh~ Sometime I think that Poland is one of the least tolerant country at the world. If you looks other than others – you are worse. I don't understand!! (O.o)' Now it's a little changed… or maybe I grown up and I stopped to worry about -> but it's only a small step.
    Uh… difficult subject :p

    Sorry, but now it's 4 me 2:50AM so it will be better when I will go to sleep now. I will read Your new note tommorow~ Kisses! ♥♥♥

  • ` .tb

    haha, i remember this from first semester. and Umami is mostly seitive to the amino acid Glutamate (present mostly in mushrooms and meat). YES i can remember useless stuff from lectures =P

    You know what? YOU SHOULD BECOME A LECTURER~ your resources are much more interesting than the material they give us @ uni :3

  • Biopolymath

    Have you done signal transduction? I opened my Lehninger biochem textbook & found that a lot of taste receptors (the proteins) are G protein coupled receptors. While it's not in my syllabus but found it interesting to have a read of that section.

    I love sweet stuff and can tolerate mild spiciness. When things goes too spicy I'd just refuse to eat the food. Well, I'm not a typical M'sian when it comes to food.

  • Tezza

    you're so original! i love you melody <3 hahaha

    im not much of a new food person, cos i hate tasting.. cos what if it doesnt taste nice and then i get scarred for life? haha

  • yan!

    very very interesting post.. i personally like sweet and sour… tehehe!

    and omg ur gorgeous.. so cute! following u!

  • London's-beauty

    You and your boyfriend is sooo cute^^Thanks for teaching us some things about biochemistry. Now I know why me and my brother argue about the taste of food.:]
    Good luck with your exams btw :)

  • Tam

    i liki like like this idea. Not only reading blog is a guilty pleasure of mine, now I'm gaining knowledge out of it :D
    love you Melody!

  • brainloss

    I can do all of the above, but I think maybe the one I am most accustomed to that others do not like is bitterness.

    I like bitter melons, but I've yet to meet (and remember) another person who shares the same sentiments. Does this count? xDD

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  • Dolce♥Bunny

    After reading your post, I flashed back to my biology class and got excited! <–(bio nerd)
    I love this post so much! It feels like so fresh reading this after reading 2000000+ beauty blogs.
    For me, my tongue is more accustom to flavor, than taste. I love blend food with alot of flavor, rather than… salty chips, or sweet pie. I think I'm weird… Its hard to go out to eat cuz EVERYTHING is just TOO salty or too sweet! But i enjoy sour :P

    Love the photos you made! Sooo cute and looks like an Actual text book photo!!! > <

  • jess

    lollipopppp!! yum i've always wanted to eat a giant lollipop hehe! very interesting facts i think i'm most
    'used' to sweet tasting food!

  • sallyannie☆

    I love sweet food :) I'm the opposite of you – I can never take too much salty food and like tastelessness :D

  • fatimaa-xo

    OMGSH THAT IS SO COOL!
    ~ i learnt something new!!

  • mookxi.com

    Wow, this is really interesting ! I know a couple of people studying biomed at monash & melbourne but never knew they studied this ! Very very very insightful !

    How about chilli ? How does that come into the five basic tastes ?

  • such.is-jaHnice

    Oh my .. this was super informative & extremely interesting. I love the photos and how you used them to explain things more ;] !
    I dont know but with me, I tend to love sweet things more than any other "taste" but Jayv seems to like sour stuff more! But then again I am pretty good at testing my limits when it comes to food >.< .. only recently have i started to like spicy food after hating it for so long haha!
    Love the way you threw in some food porn ;] haha sneaky sneaky ! I will get you back for that i promise :P

    X

    p.s – you look so cute in the last photo ^.^

  • Sakie and Thomas Gantz

    Wow. Really informative and entertaining as well as cute! Great job! :-)

  • Rosie Unknown

    This is really interesting!

    I definitely prefer sweet tastes, but I love all food, and there isn't any one taste I really dislike.

  • Mooshi.Chui

    hey babe :)!!!
    I just want to let you that I gave you a award on my blog ^__^
    no need to continue tag if you want!!!
    Just wanted to let you know that you have a great blog!!!!

    xx mooshi

  • Silkybow

    hehehe nice info!
    I've just learnt about it too!
    (about how the tastebuds are evenly spreaded around our tongue) :)

  • ☆ NachiPoo

    Oh wow! I never knew any of this o.o I must have been asleep that part of class, haha.

    I really do like the lolli picture. It looks so sweet :)

    I use to hate really spicey foods, but I've been slowly getting used to them, in fact I started liking spicky chicken wings better! XD

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

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