Like Salt? Maybe You’re a Supertaster

by David Lauterbach
2010 June 23

If you love salty snacks and reach for the saltshaker regularly, you might think you have dull or underpowered taste buds that need a boost to get excited. But just the opposite may be true.

A new study suggests that you may love salt because you’re a “supertaster” — a person who experiences tastes such as saltiness and bitterness more intensely than other people do.

The study’s lead author says “Supertasters live in a neon taste world — everything is bright and vibrant. For non-tasters, everything is pastel. Nothing is ever really intense.”

The researchers were surprised to discover that the supertasters liked more salt rather than less, even though they were more sensitive to it… salt helps cancel out bitterness that supertasters experience more than their normaltaster counterparts.

Read the story at CNN for their full findings.

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