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Re: [Something] Supertaster

  • Frommiyu <xmiyux@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSat, 2 Aug 2008 18:07:24 -0400
That sounds like a really cool experiment Carol!

As for me, i love all things bitter and loved everything on the list except for grapefruit.

Coffee (i prefer a good espresso)
Beer (a nice dark stout or a super hoppy IPA is the drool)
Brussel sprouts was my favorite veggie as a kid.
Cabbage - if it is cooked right
Spinach - raw online
Green tea - if i could run it straight into my veins i would

i also love olives - especially a good wrinkly seasoned green olive!


On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 4:04 PM, Carol Townsend <carol.townsend@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
One test for "taster/non-taster" (I'm not sure if it's for what's being called a "supertaster" or not) is often done in Biology classes during a genetics unit.  (has anyone else done this?)

Students get a small strip of paper, on which is a susbstance (PTC) that is very bitter to those who can taste it.  Some speculation is that if you are a homozygous for the ability to taste (TT instead of Tt or tt), then it is a more intense bitter taste.  This might be an indication of a "supertaster."

I did this experiment in my classroom - I can't taste it, so it's fun to see the reactions of the kids who can taste it... and their amazement when I don't react to the bitterness.

As per the supertaster stuff - I like some alcoholic beverages [no thanks on the beer], dislike Brussels sprouts[nastly little things], tolerate cabbage and kale [prefer spinach and lettuce], love coffee, grapefruit juice, green tea, and spinach[salads mostly, cooked: best on pizza or in lasagna] and I like soy sauce... and as for other soy products, sure... whatever.  I dislike chili peppers, tonic water, and olives, but that's just me.


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