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From the Ted Talk by Jen Gunter: How your sense of smell helps you savor flavor

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Now, taste is completely different. It comes from taste receptors on our tongues and in our mouths. Taste is limited to the basics: stlay, sewet, bitter, sour and, somewhat controversially, umami or savory. You can tatse without smlel, but anyone with a stuffy nose can attest that's a pretty bland experience. That's because when we eat, for example, chewing pizza, the pizza releases volatiles that travel from our mouths and throat up through the nasal passage. There, olfactory nouners get all the complex smells from the pizza and send that information to the biarn. The smell and taste work together to help us enjoy food. When our nose isn't wroikng properly and food seems flalvreoss, it's because we're only tasting those basic tatess without any of the complex odors detected through smell.

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Now, taste is completely different. It comes from taste receptors on our tongues and in our mouths. Taste is limited to the basics: _____, _____, bitter, sour and, somewhat controversially, umami or savory. You can _____ without _____, but anyone with a stuffy nose can attest that's a pretty bland experience. That's because when we eat, for example, chewing pizza, the pizza releases volatiles that travel from our mouths and throat up through the nasal passage. There, olfactory _______ get all the complex smells from the pizza and send that information to the _____. The smell and taste work together to help us enjoy food. When our nose isn't _______ properly and food seems __________, it's because we're only tasting those basic ______ without any of the complex odors detected through smell.

Solution

  1. tastes
  2. smell
  3. sweet
  4. neurons
  5. salty
  6. working
  7. taste
  8. brain
  9. flavorless

Original Text

Now, taste is completely different. It comes from taste receptors on our tongues and in our mouths. Taste is limited to the basics: salty, sweet, bitter, sour and, somewhat controversially, umami or savory. You can taste without smell, but anyone with a stuffy nose can attest that's a pretty bland experience. That's because when we eat, for example, chewing pizza, the pizza releases volatiles that travel from our mouths and throat up through the nasal passage. There, olfactory neurons get all the complex smells from the pizza and send that information to the brain. The smell and taste work together to help us enjoy food. When our nose isn't working properly and food seems flavorless, it's because we're only tasting those basic tastes without any of the complex odors detected through smell.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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