Latest Taste Stories

2011-04-11 21:45:47

The mere taste of something extremely bitter"”even if you don't swallow it at all"”is enough to cause that dreaded feeling of nausea and to set your stomach churning, according to a new study reported in the April 12th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. "This work shows that our body and our physiology anticipate the consequences of foods we might eat, even if those foods contain toxins or anti-nutrients," said Paul Breslin of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and...

2011-04-07 12:53:16

NIH-funded scientists report findings on olfactory clues to Alzheimer's disease, the sweet taste of anticipation, and the impact of autoimmune diseases on taste during research meeting in St. Pete Beach, Fla. What: Scientists supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, will be presenting their latest research findings at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS)....

2011-04-06 21:51:13

Success opens doors extending from health to new taste molecules Following years of futile attempts, new research from the Monell Center demonstrates that living human taste cells can be maintained in culture for at least seven months. The findings provide scientists with a valuable tool to learn about the human sense of taste and how it functions in health and disease. This advance ultimately will assist efforts to prevent and treat taste loss or impairment due to infection, radiation,...

2011-03-31 08:52:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We've all been guilty of passing up wholesome foods for better tasting, less nutritious ones at some point. With millions of adults and children avoiding those healthful foods because of the bitter taste, and gagging or vomiting when forced to take bitter liquid medicines, scientists reported a leap toward a high-tech version of Mary Poppins' solution.  It's not a spoonful of sugar to help the stuff go down . . . but a new and improved "bitterness blocker." "A lot...

2011-03-23 07:54:44

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Children with chronic inflammation of the middle ear can experience changes in their sense of taste, and these changes may be related to childhood obesity. Chronic otitis media with effusion (OME) is a persistent inflammation of the middle ear, in which effusion fluid is retained in the middle ear cavity. OME is a disease with a high incidence in childhood and is a common cause of hearing disturbances in children. About 10 percent of affected children develop recurrent...

2011-03-16 08:05:00

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With warm weather and bathing suit season just around the corner, the SENSA® Weight-Loss System, a revolutionary six-month weight-loss program developed by neurologist and smell and taste expert Dr. Alan Hirsch, announces an expansion of its product line with SENSA® FOR MEN. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110316/LA66037) Numerous studies have proven that women have a stronger sense...

2011-03-09 08:37:32

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Why do we constantly crave that chocolate or those sweet tarts? Scientists have discovered that taste cells have several addition sugar detectors on top of the previously known sweet receptor. This could be a key step in developing strategies to limit overconsumption, according to this study. "Detecting the sweetness of nutritive sugars is one of the most important tasks of our taste cells," senior author Robert F. Margolskee, M.D., Ph.D., a molecular...

2011-03-08 11:37:06

Multiple taste cell sensors contribute to detecting sugars A new research study dramatically increases knowledge of how taste cells detect sugars, a key step in developing strategies to limit overconsumption. Scientists from the Monell Center and collaborators have discovered that taste cells have several additional sugar detectors other than the previously known sweet receptor. "Detecting the sweetness of nutritive sugars is one of the most important tasks of our taste cells," said senior...

2011-02-16 14:17:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers love tickling their taste buds with Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisine, so much that all three have become so mainstream, they're hardly considered ethnic anymore. However, according to Mintel's Global New Products Database (GNPD), lesser-known ethnic fare has enjoyed robust product growth in recent years, as ethnic-food lovers and their palates are hungry for more exotic ingredients and flavors. (Logo:...

2011-01-25 12:07:14

Cross-disciplinary researchers find that children's tastes and brand recognition begin early A child's taste preferences begin at home and most often involve salt, sugar and fat. And, researchers say, young kids learn quickly what brands deliver the goods. In a study of preschoolers ages 3 to 5, involving two separate experiments, researchers found that salt, sugar and fat are what kids most prefer -- and that these children already could equate their taste preferences to brand-name fast-food...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'