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For the Last Time, Sour and Bitter Are Not the Same

They have their own subset of cells to detect each taste. Link

Mammals, including humans, can detect five primary flavors: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (known to the West as the taste of monosodium glutamate or MSG). Each taste bud on the tongue contains separate, distinct subsets of cells that specifically detect each taste -- sweet cells respond to sweet substances, bitter cells to bitter substances, and so on. Taste receptors, proteins on the surface of these cells, are responsible for detecting the "taste" of a particular food or chemical and triggering signals sent to the taste centers of the brain.

So, clearly there's either something wrong with your taste cells or with your brain, and i think we all know which explanation is more likely.

By min | August 8, 2006, 11:59 AM | Science


Comments

I don't know if i can trust a categorization that includes MSG as its own category. I can only taste four things: sweet, salty, bitter/sour, and chocodile.

is it a coincidence that priscilla is so fixated on bitterness and sourness?

and what about 'blue'? that is its own category too.

I only taste despair. Its actually kind of minty.