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Scientific American (repost of something in wrong spot)

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Scientific American (repost of something in wrong spot)

Peter | Feb 21, 2001 07:04 AM

I accidentally posted this message in "Not about food",
so I am reposting it here. Sorry about that

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In the new Scientific American there is an article on the sense of taste. I found it quite interesting.

Two notes: One, the "taste map" of the tongue is apparently just completely wrong; it was based on 18th century research, and keeps getting passed on from textbook to textbook, but has no basis in reality.

Two: The new taste of "unami" is apparently accepted by only a small minority of taste researchers. Most of them (including the authors of the article) stick with the original four tastes.

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