Are smell and taste the same?
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The smell of the food contributes to the simple tastes detected by the tongue. This explains why food tastes odd when the nasal organs are inflamed or covered by thick mucus when you have a heavy cold - the sense of smell is temporarily smothered.
When you eat very spicy foods, such as curry or chilli, mild pain also forms a part of the characteristic taste. If these foods did not burn the mouth, they would not taste like curry or chilli at all.
If we were to lose our sense of smell, almost all taste sensation would be lost as well. This means that we would not enjoy the taste of our food nearly so much.
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Date Added: 22 December '11
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