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A trained palate: Understanding complexities of taste, smell could lead to improved diet
Date:5/30/2012

taste and smell actually work to control our perceptions of flavor, she said, it may be possible to use that knowledge to lead humans toward an improved diet. The research team is investigating whether people can learn to like vegetables and the potential mechanisms underlying that process.

"Many people say they don't like the 'taste' of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower or brussel sprouts, for instance," Lim said. "But what they are mainly reacting to is the smell of these vegetables, which includes a defensive compound that makes even other animals shy away from eating them. Find a way to help improve their smell, and you'll find a way to make people enjoy eating them."


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Contact: Juyun Lim
juyun.lim@oregonstate.edu
541-737-6507
Oregon State University
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