The first taste of an olive can be a bit shocking. But eventually, many of us start to enjoy bitter fruits, nuts and beverages.
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November 13, 2013 The first bite of a bitter fruit or nut can be shocking, even revolting. That's led scientists to think that bitter tastes evolved to help us avoid poisonous plants. But a new a genetic study in Africa challenges that notion.
Feeling down? It could be messing with your ability to taste the fat in that bowl of whipped cream.
June 6, 2013 Temporary, strong emotions, when we're already feeling down, can significantly reduce our ability to perceive the fat in our food, researchers say. It's the latest finding to show how strong emotions can confuse our sense of taste.
October 15, 2012 When bitter taste receptors found in the noses of supertasters were exposed to a bacterial chemical, they started fighting it off, while the receptors of others with normal taste perceptions did not detect the chemical's presence.
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