Tricky Tastes

As part of our science unit on the human body and its systems, we did an experiment today to examine the following question: How does your sense of smell affect your sense of taste?

Our sense of smell is very powerful. We talked about which smells make us hungry right away: bread in the oven, cinnamon buns in the cafeteria, the food smells at the FREX and  freshly baked pizza!

Our senses of smell and taste are closely linked. We smell foods before we eat them, and the aromas affect what we taste. Strong odors can even interfere with our ability to accurately detect the flavor of what we’re eating!

In this activity, we tasted apples while smelling an onion, and drank water while smelling coffee.

Have you ever had an experience where your sense of smell has interfered with your sense of taste?

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2 Responses

  1. This was a really interesting experiment and it gave me a fabulous idea! My children always give me a hard time about eating their vegetables. Maybe if I get them to smell a piece of chocolate while eating their broccoli there would be as much complaining (and gagging). I’ll let you know how my experiment turns out 🙂
    Mrs. Jones Clark

  2. That sounds like fun bet you guys loved it

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