Have you ever noticed how food starts tasting differently as you age? Some foods you used to love just don’t have the same effect on you anymore, or some foods you absolutely could not even stand the smell of… you are suddenly okay with? You are certainly not alone in this – it is just part of the aging process.

Your body senses the flavor of food based on 5 basic tastes:

  • Sweet
  • Salty
  • Bitter
  • Sour
  • Umami (savory flavor, like meat or cheese)

Your tongue, throat, and roof of your mouth is lined with tiny little taste buds which sense these flavors. The average person has about 10,000 taste buds that are replaced nearly every two weeks. But after age 50, some of these taste buds do not get replaced and the person begins to lose their sense of taste.

When food tastes bland, many people try to improve the flavor by adding extra salt or sugar to their food – this may not be the healthiest option for people with certain conditions like heart problems or diabetes. The good news is that there are several options out there to help improve the taste of your food without risking medical complications, such as salt-free seasonings or natural sweeteners.

DID YOU KNOW: usually the last taste a person loses is SWEET!! Maybe that explains why dessert is always a go-to item as we begin to age.

Here at Eden Hill Communities, you have two *sweet* food experts to help assist you in making better nutrition choices for yourself, so feel free to consult your Registered Dietitians.