6 Things That Can Ruin Your Taste Buds

Sweet, sour, salty or bitter, 10,000 cells on your tongue let you taste it all-but did you know they could be at risk? 

1. Fast Food 

Over-indulgence can affect more than just your waistline. The high levels of sugar and fat present within fast food can alter the way your brain processes taste, making ‘normal’ food far less enjoyable than it should be.

2. Alcohol 

Though it doesn’t affect the taste buds directly, alcohol numbs texture receptors in the mouth, meaning that any food with an important textural element becomes significantly less interesting than it otherwise would be.

3. Sugary Drinks

If we indulge too often in sugary soft drinks, are taste receptors can become so used to excess sugar that any foods with normal natural levels of the substance seem significantly more dull than their artificial counterparts.

4. Smoking 

There are few self-inflicted habits that you can indulge in that are worse for your sense of taste than smoking. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco damage the microscopic hairs that coat the inside of the nose and move mucus along the nasal tract.

5. A Punch in the Face 

It turns out that cowardice isn’t the only reason to avoid fist fights. Any violent blow to the head can tear the olfactory nerves responsible for smell – which in turn can drastically affect taste. Though these nerves can repair themselves naturally, more often than not the damage is permanent.

6. Cleaning Chemicals

Cleaning up is sadly an inevitable part of adult life. However, it might be a good idea to take extra care next time you open the bleach. The harsh chemicals present in many cleaning products can do serious damage to smell and taste receptors, especially if used in unventilated areas.

 

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