Food may not taste right because there’s something wrong with the food. Or food may not taste right because there’s something wrong with you.
Once you’ve determined that your “don’t taste right” issue is not with the quality of the food, then you want to discover what’s going on with your sense of taste and/or smell. Because having a taste disorder can be serious.
Taste helps you know when food, or a beverage, is spoiled or spoiling. It also helps you determine whether food you might be allergic to is present. The loss of taste can lead to depression or a loss of appetite. Inability to taste could even be a sign you’re suffer from some health related condition.
Taste belongs to your chemical sensing system and starts when tiny molecules released by a food stimulates special cells in your nose, mouth or throat. Then they’ll transmit messages to your brain for identification.
The taste sensations of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami are the most common. When present in your mouth, these tastes, texture and temperature combine with odors for flavor perception.
It is actually flavor that lets you know what you are eating. Flavors are recognized mainly through your sense of smell, and not taste. Plug your nose, eat something and you will have trouble identifying its flavor. That is because the distinguishing characteristic is sensed largely by its odor.
The most common taste complaint is phantom taste perceptions. Loss of taste can also be caused by:
- some surgeries
- some medicines
- oral health problems
- exposure to certain chemicals ~ insecticides
If your sense of taste runs afoul, then get it checked out by your health care professional because you need food to live. And loss of desire for it or the ability to detect its potential harm is dangerous to your well-being.