How can you judge food without tasting it?

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Standing or sitting - it affects how intense we taste. If you want to enjoy delicious food, you should sit down. Standing helps to somehow get the inedible food down.

If you don't pay attention to it, you probably won't even notice. We are most likely to notice that taste has a lot to do with context and our environment, during or after our vacation. In a foreign country, we like the special dish or wine particularly good - but at home we suddenly don't like it anymore.

The general context is: How a food or drink tastes to us depends heavily on other sensory perceptions. For example:

  • Sense of balance: Things taste different on a ship than on land
  • Colors: The color in which a room is painted influences how good or bad something tastes
  • Smell: How something smells also influences the perception of taste

The fact that other sensory perceptions and the environment have an influence on our taste also has a physiological reason: our ability to taste is not very well developed. "No sense is as gross as the sense of taste," says neuroscientist Henning Beck. "We can tell five flavors apart, that's it." The other senses have to help out.

Posture affects ability to taste

The list of external factors that influence the sense of taste has now been expanded a little. Researchers at the University of South Florida have shown in experiments that our posture is also relevant for taste perception. The simple question is: are we sitting or standing?

The result of the tests: When the test persons stand, they perceive less taste, and that in both a positive and a negative sense. In other words: regardless of whether something tastes good or bad - if you stand, you can taste less intensely.

"It tastes most intense when I'm completely relaxed."
Henning Beck, neuroscientist

Put simply, the reason for this is physical stress. Since standing is more strenuous than sitting, the body has, so to speak, fewer resources left for tasting exactly. "It tastes most intense when I'm completely relaxed," says Henning Beck. Or the other way around: if you have to get something down even though it doesn't taste good, you are best off physical stress.