Health Checks

1 – Taste

Put blue food colouring on a cotton bud and swab it over your tongue. With a magnifying glass, count the number of little blue dots (taste buds) near the front of your tongue. If there are more than 20 blue dots, you have an extremely good sense of taste and could be what’s known as a ‘supertaster’ but this may not be such a good thing. This super tasting can be associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. Veg such as broccoli cabbage or sprouts contain bitter compounds which help protect against cancer but these compounds may taste too intense for the supertaster. Therefore simple add a low-fat dairy product such as ricotta cheese to netralise the taste.

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