Daily Prompt: Picky Tongues – Unbalanced tastes?

Today’s daily prompt is called Picky Tongues and it is all about taste. Tongues, taste, being picky with food. See it’s all linked. It asks;

You have to choose one flavor that your sense of taste will no longer be able to distinguish. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, spicy (not a taste per se, but we’re generous): which one do you choose to lose?

It’s a rather odd question and one I’ve never really thought about before I must admit.

My main worry is, if you get rid of one won’t that upset the whole balance of taste’s in your mouth? If you get rid of sweet for instance won’t everything taste more sour? Or will you taste the other taste’s like bitter and salty more to make up for your lack of sweet.

And surely the taste of all foods would be radically different because you are losing a certain taste aspect of those foods, you are now experiencing them in a completely different way, thus your favourite food may no longer taste nice to you because even though its sweet and you got rid of the sour taste buds its now too sweet, it’s now unbalanced in a sense. Or you will notice the bitter and salty parts of it.

I think it may be possible that I’m over-thinking this, but hell someone has to ask these questions.

I once read something about this sort of thing being the reason airline food doesn’t taste very nice. At high altitudes our taste buds don’t work properly, or they don’t work like they do at lower altitudes at least, and that’s why airline tastes different. Apparently airlines do all kinds of things to the food to try and compensate. No idea if any of that is true, but it’s a similar idea to this.

That and whatever one I lose I think I would miss after a while. I don’t particularly like sour tasting stuff, but if I could never taste it again I think I would miss it. Although I would be able to eat lemons, so that’s a plus.


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