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    Hello,

    I'm wondering how a loss of smell affects taste. It's said that the tongue is capable of detecting sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. So what happens when one losing his/her sense of smell? Do they lose the ability to tell the difference between the taste of an orange and the taste of a banana, but still tell they're sweet, or do they lose the ability to taste anything at all.

    I would also like to know if there are any studies confirming this.

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    Well I can tell you as I approach 50, my sense of smell is almost gone. I still taste fine, although my desire for hot food is beyond anyone in my families tolerance anymore. I carry a bottle of dried peppers with me everywhere.


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    I found an interesting article about this. It's not impervious and fully supported, but it should answer some questions you have about this.

    The Whole Package: The Relationship between Taste and Smell | Serendip's Exchange

    I hope this helps.
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    Thanks for the source Zwolver. That certainly helps.
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