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How does the tongue distinguish taste?


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Answered 2009-03-12 15:58:51

There are these things called taste buds on your tongue.

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How does the tongue distinguish taste other than taste buds?

There are different taste buds in our tongue. There is sweet at the front, salty at the middle, and bitter and sour all way further to the end of your tongue. So when we eat certain types of food, such as cucumber, which is sweet in our tongue, our other taste buds do not function yet but our sweet taste bud does.


How does the tongue recognize tastes?

The tongue has taste buds to recognise a taste. On the tip of the tongue you taste sweetness. After that on the sides we can taste sourness and saltyness.And at the back you can taste bitterness. Hope this helps.


Is taste buds on the bottom of your tongue?

No, There are no taste buds on the bottom of your tongue !


How do you taste something?

Your tongue has taste buds. When you eat something, different sections of your tongue taste it depending on what it is.


Why can't you taste sweet at the backside of the tongue?

On the backside of your tongue you have no test buds to taste sweet taste.


How many taste buds are on your tongue?

The human tongue has about 10,000 taste buds.


What taste is primarily detected on the back of the tongue?

on the back of the tongue it is the taste bitter.


What taste bud is in the back of the tongue?

Bitter taste buds are found at the back of the tongue. Sweet/salty taste buds are in the front of the tongue, sour taste buds are on both sides whereas the middle of the tongue has very few taste buds at all.


What is the name of the bumps found in your tongue?

The bumps on your tongue are called taste buds. Taste buds are what taste your food.


Tongue has taste buds to determine?

Four taste sensations: bitter (back of the tongue) sweet (tip of the tongue) salty (tip of the tongue) sour (sides of the tongue)


What can the tongue taste?

The tongue however does taste things that are: bitter, salty, sour and sweet.


How many taste buds are on the human tongue?

The human tongue has about 10,000 taste buds


About how many taste buds cover the tongue?

Their is an average of 10,000 taste buds on your tongue.


Functions of the tongue?

The tongue senses taste.


What part of the tongue is sensitive to salty taste?

Tongue maps reveal that the tip of the tongue is the part that is the most sensitive to salty taste. However, recent research argues that tongue maps are not valid and that an individual's taste buds experience taste the same.


Which part of tongue is sensitive to sour taste?

The sides of your tongue are the places that sense a sour taste.


Taste receptors for sweet are found on the back of tongue?

taste receptors are found everywhere on the tongue. But, the tip of the tongue is more sensitive for sweet taste compared to all others.


Why does your tongue taste bitter?

this can be a sign of acidosis or other issues, should be diagnosed if recurrent.


What do you use your tongue for?

you use your tongue to taste food


What are these bumps on your tongue?

The bumps on your tongue are taste buds.


Can you get goosebumps on your tongue?

No, you cannot get goosebumps on your tongue. Goosebumps only occur on skin. The tongue is an organ. The bumps on your tongue are actually taste buds. Everybody has them, they are supposed to be there because they help us taste things. You have between 10,000 and 15,000 taste buds on your tongue.


What are these red bumps on the tongue?

They are your taste buds. The majority of taste buds on the tongue sit on raised protrusions of the tongue surface called papillae.


Do you taste with your tongue or nose?

Although the tongue is the major organ for detecting the flavors. You need both tongue and nose to taste and identify foods.


Where on your tongue are taste buds located?

The four basic kinds of tastes are: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The salty/sweet taste buds are located near the front of the tongue; the sour taste buds line the sides of the tongue; and the bitter taste buds are found at the very back of the tongue. The center of the tongue has few taste buds. Babies have more taste buds than older children and adults. Not only do babies have taste buds on the tongue, but also on the sides and roof of the mouth. Taste buds disappear from the sides and roof of the mouth as a baby gets older, leaving taste buds mostly on the tongue.


What is the tongue?

A tongue is a thing in your mouth that has taste buds that taste your food to taste if its bad or good your tongue is also the strongest muscle in your body but if you make your arms big then your arms will be bigger and stronger than your wimpy little tongue


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