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Conclusion

The hypothesis that increased temperature of the food increases our ability to distinguish sweetness levels is proven to be true.

If we are able to perceive sweetness better with our tongues, when food is warmer, we can then cut down our sugar intake by switching from cold to hot drinks. This way, we will be consuming less sugar and satisfying our cravings at the same time!

Also consider

The experiment can also be done using salt instead of sugar.

What is the ideal temperature of food for it to be perceived as tasty?

Would placing a sweet at the back of our tongues result in a reduced ability to perceive or taste sweetness as compared to placing it at the front of the tongue?

References

  • Taste - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste
  • How temperature influences our taste - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/35142.php 
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Complexity level:
3
Project cost ($):
10
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 2 hours for observation
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None