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Do You Have Good Taste?

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  • Personalized results about your ability to taste
  • Information about how your sense of taste works
  • Tips for improving your perception of flavor

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on January 09, 2013

Sources:

Yale Medical Group: "What Is the Sense of Taste?"

University of Rochester Medical Center: "What is the Sense of Taste?"

"The Science of Picky Eaters," NOVA scienceNOW, July 21, 2009.

Richard L. Doty, Ph.D., director, Smell and Taste Center, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

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BBC: "Science of Supertasters."

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"Mindful Eating May Help With Weight Loss," HEALTHbeat, Harvard Health Publications, July 6, 2011.

Washington and Lee University: "Mindful Eating."

TLC: "Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Palate."

"Sharpen Your Sense of Smell and Taste," Stealth Health, Reader's Digest, 2005.

Food & Wine: "15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings," October 2009

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News release, American Heart Association, Nov. 6, 2012.

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American Rhinologic Society: "Disorders of Smell & Taste."

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