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Have you ever wondered why food tastes so good? Your taste buds are a big help! Taste buds are sensory organs that are found on your tongue and help you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

So, how do taste buds work?

Look in the mirror and stick out your tongue. You will see a bunch of bumps. The bumps are called papillae and most of them contain taste buds! Taste buds have sensitive microscopic hairs called microvilli. These tiny hairs send messages to the brain about how something tastes!

The average person has around 10,000 taste buds which are replaced every two weeks or so. But, as a person ages, some of the taste buds don’t get replaced. An older person may only have half as many taste buds. That’s why some foods may taste stronger to you then they do to older adults.

In today's Spotlight On Health, read more about how taste buds and your nose work together.

Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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