When it comes to food taste why do we differ? Some of us like sweet, others savoury, sometimes we even want to like the taste of a food but just don’t so what factors play a role in determining this?
Over years our bodies have developed a protective mechanism to alert us to the bitter taste of poisons and the sour taste and off putting smell of spoiled food.
Smell makes up a large component of taste therefore what you smell affects the taste before it has even hit your taste buds!
Taste receptors on the tongue vary between individuals.
Some of us have more bitter taste receptors so foods like broccoli will taste very bitter whilst others with less will enjoy the taste. You can’t change what your were born with!
Enjoying different foods will also be influenced by non genetic factors like exposure to food.
What did you grow up eating?
What are you used to eating?
Trying new foods numerous times can help you start to like them, becoming familiar with the smell, taste, texture and your body realising the food is not harmful. You can also develop taste over longer periods of time. We know about children not wanting to eat vegetables but then enjoying them as adults.
Keep trying new foods and enjoy a large variety.
There are some foods you may not enjoy but you can overcome the aversion to some.
Herbs and spices offer great health benefits with the nutrients they provide but if you are in the no camp for coriander you are likely to stay there, move onto another one!
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