Friday, February 11, 2011

Taste and Edibility

Why do we have the sense of taste? Why do some things taste good and some don't?

Human beings, like other animals, have developed over time through a process of natural selection. As it turns out, taste is a method of measuring a food's edibility (nutritional content, digestibility, and bio-availability of nutrients). The humans whose sense of taste pointed them towards the best health-promoting foods ended up living longer/stronger and propagating more abundantly.

Ever wonder why a baby puts everything in its mouth? Its testing out if its food.

What are some tastes that every human being on the planet identifies with as "tasty"? Sweet and juicy - fresh fruits. We're wired to get hooked on fruits.

Makes you think - is it worth eating "health foods" that don't even taste good?

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