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  1. #1 How to eat something without tasting it-a challenge for u 
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    Ok so heres the idea: you have to eat something that tastes awful say lettuce and you need to eat it everyday for the rest of your life. Sure enough it gets boring or awful. So the challenge is to come up with an idea to avoid all taste whatsoever from the food. There are rules though

    1)No capsules-sorry but thats too easy and besides it would take forever to eat a full portion of something.

    2)You have to chew aswell as swallow

    3)you cannot add sauces to the food

    4)it has to be more pleasent this way than to actually eat the food normally ie no plastic on your tongue.


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    Humans are just as capable of learning what "tastes good" from positive metabolic reaction to a food, as any other omnivore. If lettuce really is good for you, you can learn to like it... and genuinely crave it.

    How that's accomplished in the context of Western diet, with Western eating schedule of well-balanced meals and nutrient-enriched snack foods, is another problem.


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    You think lettuce tastes awful? Try durian.
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    Durian is the most improbably divine blend of onion, paint thinner, and rancid cream imaginable. Just trust in the magic, and it works.
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    Durian has a terrible smell, but tastes quite sweet. Try eating it while holding your nose. Believe it or not, it is a very healthy food.
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    I have eaten it. Rather recently, in fact. I wasn't a huge fan.
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    Haha i remember Durian from thailand. There was signs all over "NO DURIAN!" never knew it was a fruit I thought it was some kind of dangerous pet.

    On topic: If i dont breathe through my nose - by just (Duh) holding my nose shut, the food tastes nothing. So either the stuff on your tongue that causes taste requires oxygen or i am born a freak. This is always true, i taste food easy but if i dont breath or hold my nose the taste will completely disappear. I can still feel the composition of the food so to speak just not the taste.
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    The real challenge with the question in the OP is what is called a conditioned taste aversion. Basically, our bodies have evolved to find foods we eat every single day for very long periods of time with no variety to be unpleasant, I believe as a mechanism to ensure we get all of the vitamins and nutrients we need.

    Even the best tasting food will cause a conditioned taste aversion if you eat nothing but that for a long period of time.

    To the central question, I would possibly seek a way to cut off the olfactory connections between the nose, mouth, and brain.
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    Easy way.

    Add an addictive drug to the food. After a few 'hits', the food will taste wonderful!

    This is the reason we get the taste for innately distasteful things like whiskey and coffee. Ask any child who tastes either for the first time, and get the yukk reaction. However, because the associated drug makes us feel good, we get to love the taste.

    I even believe that heroine addicts come to love the feel of a needle penetrating their skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic
    Durian has a terrible smell, but tastes quite sweet. Try eating it while holding your nose. Believe it or not, it is a very healthy food.
    Ya, I don't find it all that bad either.
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    Play loud music or create loud background noise. Apparently it makes food taste bland. If the music is to your liking the food tastes better.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11525897
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    Haha, durian isn't that bad.
    I eat it like a delicacy and it isn't as excruciating to me.


    Well, to substitute taste you could try develop a dog-like sense of smell to tell the composition of the volatile compounds from within the food.

    But screw that. There's an Indian herb that basically just robs you of your sense of taste for a few minutes. Chew that, spit it out, then gorge yourself with lettuce.

    Alternatively, a spice lover like me would wrap lettuce around chilli and just send them pouring down into my stomach. I'm such a masochist.
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    Durian tastes good ! I 've never got problems with eating it = =
    Yea and it is very good to health, mom said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    Play loud music or create loud background noise. Apparently it makes food taste bland. If the music is to your liking the food tastes better.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11525897
    Lol I should try it next time I'm forced to eat cauliflower (hopefully not soon tho)
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    your taste buds/tongue are the first organs of your digestive tract... meaning, you're automatically tasting something first...

    how can you not taste something, but eat it? unless you're just swallowing food whole before it make contact with your tongue/taste buds.

    how is this possible? this is like a trying to lick your elbow challenge.
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    Eeasy, hold your nose nostrils and you effectivly can't taste much but sour/sweet things.
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    block your nose and you won't be able to taste anything?
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    Human taste is a rather weak sense. Taste informs us that something is salted, sweet, bitter or astringent, but no much more. The most important sense when you eat something is the sense of smell, not the taste. It is the reason why, if you block your nostril, you have the sensation that you loose your "taste".

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    ....smothering it in hot sauce---tried and true method used by most armies to hide a wide range of offensive food flavors...
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    Just think about how you lose your sense of taste when you have a bad cold. It's not an effect on your mouth, it's blocking or other interference with your nasal passages and the normal, unnoticed, interchanges between your whole mouth, throat, nasal system.

    If you really don't want to taste nasty medicine, hold your nose and go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePasTimeCE View Post
    your taste buds/tongue are the first organs of your digestive tract... meaning, you're automatically tasting something first...
    how can you not taste something, but eat it? unless you're just swallowing food whole before it make contact with your tongue/taste buds.
    how is this possible? this is like a trying to lick your elbow challenge.
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    Just realized Ive already answered this thread nm*
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    I enjoys an article several years ago about the wide range of taste bud densities between people. In the study they linked the density to people's attraction to spicy and strongly flavored foods. I add spices to everything and even loved Thialands amazing range of ultra-spicy foods I couldn't recognize (or pronounce when told..lol).
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    Mmmmm Thai food. I'm gettin hungry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaL View Post
    Mmmmm Thai food. I'm gettin hungry!
    Not me. Wanted to test Thai seafood in Thailand and went for raw squid and several other unidentified sea foods.

    I spent the next 3 days with my butt on the toilet seat and my head over a bucket :/
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    "The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is... doubt. Doubt is humble, and that's what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting sh*t dead wrong."

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    There is a berry that contains a chemical that causes everything you eat to taste like sugar.

    Miracle fruit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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