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From the biological standpoint, the sense of tasteenables us to detect and discriminate among foodsin order to select a nutritious diet in the face offluctuating metabolic needs.
Humans need a variety of foods to obtain adequatenutrition. Along with this need for varietycomes the ability to adapt and consume whateveredible substances happen to be available in theirenvironment.
Humans consume a wide range of plant and animalfoods. Thus, developmental processes mustact to insure that an individual is not restricted to anarrow range of foodstuffs by virtue of few preferencesand strong aversions for novel foods .
Food choices and eating habits are influencedstrongly by the taste of foods. The popular conceptof food “taste” typically includes the combinedperception of taste, smell, and texture .
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