It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. In this extract from his new book, Bob Holmes uncovers the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire I’ve been procrastinating.
You might think fatty foods are delicious, but fat alone isn’t actually very appetizing. (The true taste of fat, according to recent research, tastes rather like frying oil that’s been heated too long.)
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Scientists and food companies are experimenting with “phantom aromas,” in which a smell tricks the brain into manufacturing a taste. In 2007, the Campbell Soup Company started slashing the salt content
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You might think that the sweet taste of fruit is all down to those natural sugars. Think again, says Veronique Greenwood. We tend to think of sugar as the supreme ruler of the sensation of sweetness. an