How Does Taste Impact Our Metabolic Process?

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One as an example, was something that was very recent and it leverages my background as an endocrinologist. I was trained throughout my clinical, medical, and scientific career that we humans experience taste as something to sense in our brains what we're eating. It was a simple linear sensory thing, if I put something sweet in my mouth I enjoy it, if I put something bitter in my mouth it stops me from consuming it.

Think very simply, sweetness was something that attracted me to the foods that I wanted, and bitterness was protective. And then recently in the different physiology and science literature, two observations led me to this aha! Moment that you ask about. One was very simple observation you put something sweet in your mouth and remarkably you can exercise longer, even if you don't swallow it just put it in your mouth just spit out, your exercise goes longer it's been tested and shown repeatedly.

And I was like how is the tongue telling the muscles to behave differently not to fatigue. Then the second was, these taste buds have sensing molecules, and we thought they were just in our mouths, right that's where the taste buds are and then somebody discovered the same molecules in our intestines.

So what are these sensing mechanisms in our bodies sensing we're clearly not tasting something that's in here, and then that's where the aha! Starts to happen. Maybe taste isn't just a linear process of something that we sense and that's its function. Taste is just the start of a process that calminates in our ability to regulate our metabolism by interaction through components of our food in ways we never imagined.