Taste buds taste Bud better when it's cold

February 2006
Food Manufacture;Feb2006, Vol. 81 Issue 2, p32
Trade Publication
The article reports on a study on taste bud conducted by physiology researchers at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and colleagues from the United States and Japan. The findings showed that microscopic channels in the tongue called TRPM5 are highly sensitive to changes in temperature. Thus, the warmer the food or drink in the mouth, the stronger the electrical signal that TRPM5 will send to the brain. The team concluded that TRPM5 is responsible for the taste's sensitivity to temperature.


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