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Author Topic: Are there any taste buds underneath our tongue?  (Read 707 times)

Offline P-Kasso2

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Are there any taste buds underneath our tongue?
« on: 31 May, 2017, 08:27:46 AM »
I have only ever seen 'tongue maps' showing the topside of the tongue. The underside seems to be as uncharted as the backside of the Moon used to be. Are there really no taste buds underneath our tongue? If so, why not? I think it'd be a far safer place to have them.

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Re: Are there any taste buds underneath our tongue?
« Reply #1 on: 02 June, 2017, 08:32:08 AM »
I don't know the answer, but tongue maps are gibberish. There are no areas assigned to particular tastes.

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Re: Are there any taste buds underneath our tongue?
« Reply #2 on: 02 June, 2017, 07:57:53 PM »
I don't know the answer, but tongue maps are gibberish. There are no areas assigned to particular tastes.

And you seem to be dead right, Siasl. I just googled 'tongue maps' and the (usually very reliable) New York Times has an article where they say quite categorically that ...the oft-quoted concept of a ‘tongue map’ defining distinct zones for sweet, bitter, salty and sour has largely been discredited, according to a review article in The Journal of Cell Biology in August 2010".

There's more, much more, in the NY Times website (including a link to the Journal of Cell Biology report) at...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/science/no-clear-cut-taste-map-of-the-tongue.html?mcubz=2
« Last Edit: 02 June, 2017, 08:08:08 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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