Population Density Of Papillae Is Off The Charts
Are you a “supertaster”? If you are, then consider yourself a rare breed in today’s population. Only 25 out every 100 people in the world have ultra sensitive taste buds. It’s a rarer trait in males than in females. In the United States, only about 15% of the population are “supertasters”. The differences in sensory acuity are found within our DNA heredity units.
Researchers can determine this high taste sensitivity in two different ways. One is with a chemical called propylthiouracil also known as PROP. The experiment look at subjects after they taste PROP to gauge bitterness. “Supertasters” rate the bitterness levels as double what the regular tasters perceive after sampling PROP.
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The second is using dye to highlight all the taste receptors. They account for the number of fungiform papillae. These are the little pop-up tents on our tongue that contain our taste buds. “Supertasters” have an increased number of fungiform papillae.
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Think of the sense of taste as any other sense with regards to perception. We think we know what someone is seeing because our eyes are seeing, for example, the color red. If they are color blind they may view our red as a green. In the case of a right light, your eyes would transmit to the brain the impulse that has your left food hit the brake and stop at the red light. A red color blind driver goes right through what they “know” is a green light. A different perception yields a different reaction that could turn deadly.
The same thing happens with our sense of taste. We think we know what someone else is tasting. The assumption that they are tasting exactly what we are tasting is sometimes just dead wrong. We all have taste buds, but that doesn’t mean our taste buds work the same.
Individuals that are “supertasters” tend to be slimmer. Many have an aversion to fatty foods. Research shows that ultra tasters usually take in fewer calories than a regular taster. They like salty foods because salt blocks the bitter tastes. Citrus fruits that are sour can help to turn down or completely turn off taste super sensitivity. Many can’t tolerate high fat dairy products but can tolerate lower or no fat varieties. It may be the case that fat has a negative mouth feel for these tasters.
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“Supertasters” also are at higher risk of colon cancer. Interesting, because they choose to consume significantly less green produce in their diet especially from the Brassica (broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc) family. Their taste buds gives these products a very bitter flavor. They are more likely to tolerate sweeter produce like peppers, carrots or beets.
There is also an aversion to alcohol (like beer, whiskey), coffee, green tea, soy products and tart apples. All of these substances have a nasty taste that puts them instantly on a no repeat food list. In the case of alcohol and coffee, a little bit of sugar sweetener may allow the individual to tolerate the liquid. They also have a problem with smoking and sometimes a strong dislike for dark chocolate.
These super tasters tend to have stronger feelings about their food choices. If they like something they really love it. If they dislike a food, they really hate it because it tastes so gross to them.
Research has found taste receptors all over the body. This may be why people with high taste sensitivity showed less chances of developing sinus infections than regular tasters. Taste buds in our sinus or nasal cavities may drive the immune system. In this case, our defense mechanisms may kick in faster if we are a “supertaster” versus a normal taster.
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