How the temperature of food affects our taste
As the temperature of the sweetened water is increased, our ability to distinguish between a sweeter and a less sweet liquid is improved.
Human beings have 5 senses ?sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Taste enables us to appreciate the flavors in our food. It is this ability that helps us discern the different flavors in our food and heightens our enjoyment of the food.
The 4 basic types of taste are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. We are able to perceive taste with our tongues due to the specific areas of our tongue which are sensitive to that taste. The taste buds in these specific zones help up taste our food. Look below at Figure 1 to see where these taste buds are located. When food comes into contact with our taste buds, an electric signal is generated in our tongue. This electric signal is then sent to the brain through our nerves and we immediately recognize the taste.