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Frank Hovis

Non-Existent Taste Buds

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Not the sort of thing you want to admit in RL, but anybody else have this?

It matters not to me what fish I have with fish & chips, they all taste the same, and my usual bluff failed one time at a meal when I guessed what I was eating and I got it wrong between chicken and fish.

So I really don't give a monkey's about where I eat and always have to bluff it because it mostly tastes the same.

Just me?

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I've been a vegetarian for something like 20 years and I reckon I could still discern all the different meats, the differences between fish (e.g. cod and coley) might be harder to call though salmon is more of a stand-out flavour.

Marijuana severely dulls taste. It's why you can eat lots of sugary things when you're stoned. Though from previous posts I know that's not you :)

Might you have this..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageusia

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Not just you. I can't tell the difference between cod or haddock when I buy fish and chips, maybe because it's all pollack or something?

Sometimes things taste better than others. Even when it's something I make myself regularly. E.g., curry. I made one last week and really enjoyed it. Last night made the same curry and it just tasted OK, definitely not as nice as last week. This happens often in my world.

I do smoke roll ups. No idea how many, maybe around 20 per day which may affect my taste buds. But this doesn't explain how I can make a delicious meal one week then a week later think I'll make that again but it just tastes OK. Mysteriously when I make the same again a week later it can be delicious.

Also I like freshly ground coffee in the morning but can't tell the difference between different blends so just buy the offer pack. I've even bought freshly ground coffee from independent specialist shops and to me it tasted the same as many supermarket packs.

Perhaps some people just have more developed or extra sensitive taste bud nerves?

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Anosmia might be it. Smells have to be obvious before I notice them. Even then I struggle to identity them.

We can't let our three cats out yet, so we're emptying litter trays regularly. You get about 60 seconds between delivery of the 'package' and the smell pervading the house to the extent that it makes you wretch two rooms away.

I reckon you'd be able to identify that. It's, er, highly distinctive.

More seriously, and worryingly for someone supposedly into "sound quality", I often turn to my partner and ask "What's that noise?"

"Washing machine"

"Helicopter"

"Tumble dryer"

"Boiler"

.. and so on.

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You have reassured me Economic Exile that it's not just me.

I don't think it's a plus and it makes it tricky when people start eulogising about their meal.

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You have reassured me Economic Exile that it's not just me.

I don't think it's a plus and it makes it tricky when people start eulogising about their meal.

I'm glad you feel reassured :) I hope my latest rambling doesn't reverse that feeling.

Regarding the bit in bold. Perhaps it makes them feel clever/important or they might just not have had anything of note to eat for days or a while? Of course they may just have super duper well honed taste buds which enhances their gastric experiences every time? Lucky people!

As long as I keep good health and mostly eat things I reasonably enjoy and that I deem to be beneficial for me I'm generally happy about taste/food. However, I do enjoy many occasions at home or out when I eat something usual or new which makes me feel it's notable and delicious. I don't feel the need to say anything other than it was really nice or something like that though. Perhaps it's not only taste buds that makes up the full gastric experience or how we report it to others?

I always find it interesting how others experience things. I'm pretty certain a meal is experienced differently by all participants. Even how it tastes!

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Not the sort of thing you want to admit in RL, but anybody else have this?

It matters not to me what fish I have with fish & chips, they all taste the same, and my usual bluff failed one time at a meal when I guessed what I was eating and I got it wrong between chicken and fish.

So I really don't give a monkey's about where I eat and always have to bluff it because it mostly tastes the same.

Just me?

Have you, in your past, consumed significant quantities of MSG?

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Not the sort of thing you want to admit in RL, but anybody else have this?

It matters not to me what fish I have with fish & chips, they all taste the same, and my usual bluff failed one time at a meal when I guessed what I was eating and I got it wrong between chicken and fish.

So I really don't give a monkey's about where I eat and always have to bluff it because it mostly tastes the same.

Just me?

You could eat a pound of anchovies! Or Mackerel! White fish is all rather similar!

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