If you compare two people, you will see that their bodies look different. One is taller, the other is shorter. One has a big nose, the other has a small nose.
This physical difference is present in our mouth, too. Our tongue is covered in tiny bumps containing our taste buds. They allow us to taste foods.
A supertaster has more taste buds than usual
Some people have many more taste buds than usual. They are much more sensitive to strong-flavored substances (like alcohol, sugar and pepper). They are the ‘supertasters‘.
ARE YOU A SUPERTASTER? Select the option that describes you best:
(Adapted from the original http://www.thetasteofsweet.com/quiz.html)
1. How do you take your coffee?
a) With milk and a bit of sugar.
b) Black. Or with cream and three packets of sugar.
2. A bottle of cabernet wine with dinner?
a) Just a glass; I probably won’t finish it.
b) Sure. And I’ll probably drink it all.
3. How about a stiff drink (a strong alcoholic drink)?
a) No thanks—it tastes worse than medicine.
4. Which vegetable do you prefer?
5. Which meat do you prefer?
a) Grilled chicken. I don’t like fat meat.
b) Steak. I like fat meat.
6. What’s your dessert preference?
a) Lemon cake with yogurt.
b) Brownie with ice cream.
7. Which describes you most?
a) I’m slim.
b) I’m chubby.
8. Did you suffer severe ear infections as a child?
– Mostly A: you may be a super-taster.
– Mostly B: chances are, you’re a non-taster.
– Equal numbers of A and B suggest that you’re a medium taster.
This is the first of three posts about flavors. Wanna know more? Access the original http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zsc2xsg (In collaboration with Professor Jackie Blissett External Coventry University) and https://www.livescience.com/17190-supertaster-nontaster-tongue-evolution.html to expand your taste culture.