Why Do We Taste Sour Flavors?

Scientists don’t know why we evolved to taste sour foods, but they recently figured out the mystery behind how we taste them. It’s pretty crazy.

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The Bittersweet Truth of Sweet and Bitter Taste Receptors
“The discovery of taste receptor proteins, over a decade ago, represented a major milestone in taste research. Knowledge of these receptor proteins allowed scientists to unmask key components involved in taste perception, providing a deeper understanding of this convoluted process.”

Sweet! Virtual Food Has Real Taste Now
“Nimesha Ranasinghe, a research fellow at the National University of Singapore, has been working on virtual taste for a while now. Back in 2013, he and his team created a taste simulator containing a small electrode that produced salty, sweet, bitter and sour sensations.”

This Is How We Taste Water
“Can you taste the difference between water and lemon juice? That may seem like a question with an obvious answer, but new research shows that these different liquids may stimulate the same taste buds.”


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Written by: Megan Bates



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