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Children are rarely taught about the basic tastes….

Note the above. There are books and toys for young children about identifying color, textures, aromas, and sounds. However, there are no games or books to help kids identify basic tastes such as salty and bitter. Perhaps this is due to the nature of the task: a tasting book does present some logistical challenges. “In… ...

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Can Broccoli be as Sexy as Champagne?

The USDA recommends that Americans eat 7 to 13 servings of produce a day. Unfortunately, few of us meet this recommendation: the CDC reports that 2/3 of adults eat less than 2 and 3 servings of fruits and vegetables respectively! Let’s juxtapose this trend with wine. Since 1970, US per capita consumption of wine has… ...

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The Science of Stopping at Just One Bite…

  I always marvel at people who can stop at just 1 bite of dessert. But it turns out they may be on to something… Research from Stanford University reveals that people usually like the first bite of a food the best with subsequent bites each seeming a little less tasty (1). But the last… ...

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