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Tasting With Your Brain, Not Your Tongue

Tasting With Your Brain, Not Your Tongue

Researchers have discovered that taste does not come from the tongue after all.

Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami – these are the five basic tastes that we have. Up until recently, it was thought that our taste buds detected these tastes and transmitted the signal to the brain. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Centre turned that idea around when they discovered that taste is in fact hard-wired into our brain.

See this experiment done by Columbia University Medical Centre, where they stimulated certain brain cells in mice to make them perceive water as being bitter!

You would be surprised how taste is not only linked with our mind but also influenced by our cultural heritage.

In April of this year, Friends of Glass launched the Taste Map to explore European taste preferences and how they are influenced by cultural differences.

To date, more than 29,000 people from 30 European countries have taken part in the quiz, helping to build a truly European Taste Map.

Check here to try our quiz and discover your taste: