Why Pooh loves honey, but Tigger doesn’t

Jar of honey with wooden dipping rod

There’s recent science on how tastebuds work, testing different species.  Bears. as we all knew, can taste sweetness, but felines can’t – which explains why my cats leave my honey stores alone, but leaves unanswered why so many cats love cantaloupe.  Apparently it’s not for all the same reasons I do.

Remember the four basic tastes and the parts of the tongue that taste them?  Sweet, salty, sour, and bitter?  I expect kids learn this differently now.  There is much ongoing study on what exactly human tastebuds are capable of.  Is calcium its own type of flavor? Metal?  Richness?  The linked article talks about seven other flavors or qualities that human tastebuds may pick up.  Since some of the science comes from Japan, we are apparently having some difficulty translating the experience into an American context, but it opens some intriguing possibilities.

But we love our tastes – we even buy lorazepam usa have tastebuds in the lungs.  They’re a little different – they don’t appear in clusters, and they don’t conduct flavor sensation to the brain.  Apparently bitter flavors can open airways extremely well – scientists are struggling a little to explain the evolutionary purpose behind it, but who cares when it might make for excellent future aerosolized medications for asthma and allergy sufferers.

In case you ever need to know this, say, to win at bar trivia at your favorite watering hole, the human body has around 100,000 taste buds not counting the ones in your lungs – on the top and bottom of your tongue, the roof of your mouth, your cheeks, your lips -lip tastebuds are apparently particularly sensitive to salt.   Bar trivia is a perfect time to test that – Waiter!  Margarita, rocks, salt please!

 

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