-->
Home Store Project Ideas Project Guide Ask An Expert Blog Careers Teachers Parents Students

Taste Bud Savvy?

| 2 Comments

The under-ten crowd in my house uses strawberry toothpaste. I can't stand the smell of it, and I can't imagine not having minty-fresh breath. But they can't imagine using anything with even a hint of mint in it. Both of them react strongly to mint. In their lingo, mint is too "hot."

After reading an article this morning passed on to me by a colleague here at Science Buddies and then looking at the experimental procedure in one of our Human Biology science projects, I think I may have to buy some paper hole reinforcing rings and dig around in the kitchen cupboard for some blue food dye.

I've long questioned my own palate. I am pretty sure I don't taste things with as much "refinement" as others. I watch shows like Iron Chef or The Next Food Network Star, and I am constantly amazed at how the judges "describe" the taste of food. I know such subtleties as they mention would go unnoticed by my tongue. I'm notorious, in fact, for being a super-salter, but I think it likely I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum from a "supertaster."


Extreme Tasters

Supertasters have extremely sensitive taste buds... or maybe it's more accurate to say that they have far more taste buds than some people, which makes them more sensitive to certain tastes. For example, supertasters often react strongly to things that are bitter or salty or sweet.

If you're a picky eater, it's possible there's a reason!

You can put this to the test by doing a survey in your house. The experiment is simple, but make sure you are cautious about hygiene (and germs) as you perform the test. With a bit of testing and a few blue tongues, you can classify your friends and family as non-tasters, supertasters, or average tasters.

2 Comments

swwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Science Buddies Science Activities

Science Buddies and Autodesk for Student STEM Exploration


thumbnail
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore how different sorbents might help clean up an oil spill.

thumbnail
Highlights and favorite posts from last year on the Science Buddies Blog—great science project overviews, visual spreads that show hands-on science in action, and real-world connections.

thumbnail
A new website feature at Science Buddies, sponsored by Cisco Foundation, brings science news to students. With the news feed, students can easily locate science news stories related to a project or science interest.

thumbnail
Thanks to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the INFINITY Science Center, and Science Buddies, teachers in Mississippi got a booster course in rocket science—and paper airplane folding.

thumbnail
School and family science weekly spotlight: use dough to explore the relationship between dimensions of an object and volume.

thumbnail
In movies like Dolphin Tale, you don't have to look far to find the engineering design process in action. With the steps of the engineering process being acted out as the story unfolds, students see that success often involves a great deal of trial, error, testing, and redesigning.



Your Science!
What will you explore for your science project this year? What is your favorite classroom science activity? Email us a short (one to three sentences) summary of your science project or teaching tip. You might end up featured in an upcoming Science Buddies newsletter!



You may print and distribute up to 200 copies of this document annually, at no charge, for personal and classroom educational use. When printing this document, you may NOT modify it in any way. For any other use, please contact Science Buddies.