Why do you have a sweet tooth? Some differences are a matter of taste-literally. At brunch you order a vegetable omelet with turkey bacon while your best friend asks for blueberry pancakes and yogurt. You likely don't give your meals a second thought, but you don't realize just how many things impact whether you have a sweet or salty tooth and tend to favor crunchy or smooth foods.
Our gustatory receptor cells-that's science lingo for taste buds-perceive four basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. You have about 10,000 buds, and not all are located on your tongue: Some are found on the roof of your mouth and others in your throat, which explains why medicine is so unpleasant going down the hatch.
"Each taste bud has a receptor and is connected to sensory neurons that relay information about a particular basic taste to the brain," says Joseph Pinzone, M.D., an endocrinologist and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. And while everyone's taste budsRead More »from The Science Behind Your Sweet Tooth