Put a group of seniors together and it is not long before someone says.... There is no taste in the food these days. I always wonder if this statement is actually true. So I'm posing this blog as an informal survey, I'm wondering if everyone does agree that food does not taste the same as is fond remembered in our youthful days. I too have complained about things not tasting the same but is it me or the food that has changed? I really do not know the answer to that question. When watching the endless cooking shows on TV with an older chef, I long to ask such a person are your perceptions of taste as acute as they were when you were younger. No one does ask the question and no doubt a chef would not like to admit on TV that their ability to taste was diminished. As in most things to do with people I think individuals probably show great variation. I think that it is likely to be true that the perception of our senses do decline to some degree as we age. We literally see that sight is likely to need help from about 40yrs. Most of us find that we don't need longer arms but we do need glasses! Muscular prowess tends to decline, the rate depending on natural ability and how we care for and activate our bodies. I did hear an interview with a perfume creator admitting his sense of smell was not what it had been. So it is possible that taste buds are less efficient in later life. Then again most seniors have some medication and this too can have an effect on body chemistry and taste. As can smoking or too much alcohol. Is it that our taste for what we really like changes? I think most older people find the desire for very rich foods lessens but has this less to do with taste and more to do with the digestive systems inability to cope with the richness? As a young person, I loved sharp pickle onions and very tart fruits, now not so much? Often I buy some commercially produced food, well loved in my youth with great anticipation only to be horribly disappointed with it. 9 time out of 10, when I read the ingredients I find the butter or lard has been replaced with palm oil! Not only the taste but the texture is not the same. Is it that our tastes remain the same but the taste of the masses have changed and foods are produced with them in mind?
This brings me to the second half of my survey, what foods do not taste the same for you now, what were the great tastes of your young taste buds?Recommend0 recommendations