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Episode 129: Taste

Tongue.

Salty or sweet? Try it and find out. Image courtesy of Flickr user Mike Burns.

Take a moment from your lunch break to appreciate the sense that makes your meal truly enjoyable: taste. On today's episode we take a close look at your taste buds. First, producer Audrey Quinn examines the tongue map, a teaching tool designating areas on the tongue that react to the five tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. But is it accurate? Next, producer Andrew Stelzer talks to the man who put Stevia—a sweetener 300 times sweeter than sugar—on the market.

Show Clock

0:00 Opening Credits
0:32 Introduction
1:11 The Tongue Map Myth
5:02 Stevia: Sweeter than Sugar
12:17 Closing Credits

Credits

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley includes "Sugar Bee," by Robin Syler, and "Sweet," by Sully Johnson. "Twisted Latin," by Lawerence Oakley and Mike Eaves courtesy of DeWolfe Music.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Mike Burns.

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