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Why do we have such varied taste?

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If everybody has the same taste buds on their tongue, Why does taste differ from person to person?

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Taste is mostly smell actually, something like 80% of what you taste is from your nose.... so if you lose your sense of smell you stop being able to taste your food. Some people have an excellent sense of smell which would mean also have a more acute sense of taste as well.
And I don't think we do have the same taste buds on our tongues. It's possible to have more or fewer so enhancing different tastes. Plus we all react differently to different chemicals in the food, so some people can taste a nasty chemical in sprouts so they hate them but others can't taste this so they like them. And then there are psychological aspects - what you are used to from childhood, what your mother ate whilst she was pregnant with you, if you are made ill by some foods (I feel sick if I just smell milk, as I'm lactose intolerant and associate the smell with being sick)..... so many reasons for liking and disliking different tastes!
Not too sure, but interesting question!
Maybe because we don't all have the same taste buds.
Some people like one smell, others like another.
Some like one drink, some hate the same one.
Our taste buds are different, as we are. We have around 10,000 of them in our mouth's...
Some people can't taste much, some are normal, and some can taste a great dea.
I think taste is shaped by what we were fed as a child and where we grow up. There are some foods that I find repulsive that others find delectable.
by Gia
I've noticed as people get older they can't stand spicy food they seem to only like the same old their stomache seem to react badly to something different hence roast is so popular
A Roast is one of THE best & nutritious meals possible, & is very simple to cook! One 'tray' meal, so to speak!

Don't knock what elderly people cannot eat. You'll be 'old' one day.
by donjo
We're all individuals, in every sense!
Pretty boring if we were all the same!
lucky we do
by Finy
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