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That Tastes Soooo Good!!

Everyone has their favorite food they LOVE to eat! Have you ever wondered how you can taste your favorite food? Tasting your food has everything to do with your taste buds!

Taste buds are sensory organs found on your tongue. These organs allow you to taste the four basic tastes which are sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

If you stick out your tongue and look into the mirror, you will see bumps on it. They are called papillae. Most of these contain taste buds which have a very sensitive microscopic hair called microvilli in them. These tiny hairs send messages to the brain about what you are tasting, so you will know if it is sweet, salty, sour, or bitter.

The average person has around 10,000 taste buds in their mouth. They are replaced every two weeks or so. There are two things that reduce the number of taste buds in your mouth. The first one is smoking. Smoking can reduce the amount of taste buds you have. The second reason is age. An older person has reduced working taste buds. As a result, younger people have a stronger sense of taste...

Read more about your Taste Buds in today’s Science Fun!

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