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Your best bud, the taste bud


BETHESDA, MD - Savory wine and sapid beer all vary in the taste from bottle to bottle. The variety of flavor is attributed to the sensor cells found in taste buds spread throughout your tongue, which recognize 5 basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. The flavors that our brains recognize are a combination of taste, smell, temperature, and texture. This combination generates our perception of how a hamburger tastes and evolved with our survival instinct to avoid potentially poisonous foods. To understand how taste is perceived, it’s important to understand the biology of tast...

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