Taste Buds: The Tastes are Changing
By Talyn Torres/Entertainment Editor
When I was eleven, I used to hate raisins, mushrooms, and avocados with every fiber of my being. But now, at age eighteen, I find that I am quite fond of all three of these foods. Why is this the case?
Well, according to EdibleCommunities.com, “our taste buds die off... Every two weeks or so, our taste buds naturally expire and regenerate like any other cell in the body.” The reason why our sense of taste changes, however, is because “over time, these taste cells aren't replaced, and their numbers start to decrease. So all of those flavors that were too intense when you were a child are actually more palatable when you get older.” (GoodHouseKeeping.com) This is why vegetables and other bitter foods that parents have to pay their children to eat, eventually stop being abandoned and scraped into the garbage disposal, and become a welcome part of every meal.
This process is typically said to take five to seven years, but sometimes other things can change taste buds in a shorter amount of time. For example, the hormones of pregnant women can make it so that they crave foods that usually do not enjoy for the sake of the baby’s health. The natural weakening of one’s sense of smell that comes with age can also be held accountable for changes in taste.
In general, people have a different number of taste buds, anyway. BonAppetit.com reports that, “an average adult taster might have 10,000 taste buds in his or her mouth. A supertaster—one of those 15 to 25 percent of the population whose tongue is extra sensitive—might be gifted with twice as many. A non-taster, meanwhile, might have to get by with half the norm.” According to ScientificAmerican.com, by squeezing out a little bit of blue food coloring on your tongue, swishing with water, and using a magnifying glass, you will be able to see your taste buds and determine what sort of taster you are.
While it is impossible to gain more taste buds and jump from being a nontaster to being a supertaster, the natural reduction of them will alter the foods that you enjoy. So, if you find yourself loving foods that you used to hate, now you know that it’s just because your taste buds are perpetually dying.
Insane Carnival Foods
By Sydney Browning/Foodies Editor
Here are some delicious foods that you thought only existed in your imagination. I’m sure that by the end of this list, your taste buds will be begging for something fried, on a stick, or that can only be found at your favorite summer carnival or fair.
The Most Exotic Foods You'll See!
By Emmery Willey/Science and Techie Editor
Think back to the weirdest thing you have ever eaten. Was it sushi? Live ants? Any insect? All over the world, people love food, cooked food, and raw food, but to them, it is just a part of life. However, to others, it seems strange and exotic. Here is a list of some of the most exotic foods around the world. While reading this, please keep an open mind about other cultures and countries.
I am a Junior, I am a thrower on the track and field team, I've read the Maze Runner series at least 18 times, and, I don't know....I like food.
Likes: rock music (with the exception of the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC), the aquarium, tea, and going to the movie theater.
Dislikes: pickles, walking in the snow, running, and haunted houses.
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Cooking an omelette at home or dining at a swag restaurant on a special occasion-food makes life sweet (and sometimes sour, or spicy, or tangy, or maybe even tart)