Everyone knows that the tongue has five senses i.e sweet ,sour, salty, savory and bitter tastes. But scientists now believe that we have one more sense that our tongue can differentiate, i.e. it allows us to perceive carbohydrates.
Supertasters are the minority the population who have a heightened sense of taste - particularly for bitter compounds - and for many years scientists have linked the trait with the number of "fungiform papillae" or sensory bumps on the tongue.
It wasn`t long ago that singer Cher advised pop sensation Miley Cyrus not to stick her tongue out if it`s coated, which is certainly not visually appealing. Experts say the tongue`s condition speaks volume about one`s hygiene consciousness and also reveals one`s health status.
Findings from a new study could serve as a springboard for the development of taste modulators to help control the appetite for a high-salt diet and reduce the ill effects of too much sodium, say researchers.