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What is Taste?

Biology | 7-10 yrs | Animation, Video

Find out about one of your five senses, Taste, through this animated learning module which helps you answer many simple questions you could not earlier.

How does the Sense of Taste Work?

Taste is the ability to detect the flavor of substances such as food minerals and various chemicals. It is one of the traditional five senses of the human body.

Humans receive tastes through sensory organs called taste buds, concentrated on the top of the tongue. There are about 100000 taste buds that are located on the back and front of the tongue.

When you eat something, the saliva in your mouth helps break down your food. This triggers the receptor cells located in your taste buds to send messages through sensory nerves to your brain. Your brain then tells you what flavors you are tasting.

The sensation of taste can be categorized into five basic tastes: Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Umami, Sour.


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