Why You Like the Foods You Like

In This Chapter

^ Looking at how taste works ^ Understanding why foods taste good (or bad) ^ Evaluating health's effects on taste ^ Adapting to new foods and flavors

71 Tutritionally speaking, taste is the ability to perceive flavors in food and # W beverages. Preference is the appreciation of one food and distaste of another. Decisions about taste are physical reactions that are dependent on specialized body organs called taste buds. Although your culture has a decided influence on what you think is good to eat, decisions about food preferences may also depend on your genes, your medical history, and your personal reactions to specific foods.

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