Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Taste and Survival
The sense of taste is more then just what we enjoy and what we do not enjoy. Throughout evolution, people were able to determine if a food was safe to eat based on taste. Foods that were bitter or sour were are not tasteful, and people knew to not eat it. Taste buds tell the brain whether or not the food in your mouth is safe to eat. While we have come to know what foods are safe, our taste buds still perceive these foods the same, which is why most of us have difficulty eating or can only eat small portions of bitter, sour, or hot foods. When many people get cravings for sweet or salty snacks, we are typically satisfied by the taste of the food. But the original craving came from our body needing sodium or sugar, even though we were satisfied by the taste. That is because our brain, body, and tastebuds truly work together to understand what the body needs and satisfy it.