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Does your tongue have a 'sixth sense' ?

By T.K. Randall
June 12, 2014 · Comment icon 14 comments



The human tongue is far more capable than previously believed. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists have identified a new sense within the human tongue that is able to perceive carbohydrates.
Conventionally our tongues are capable of picking up sweet, sour, salty, savory and bitter tastes from the food that we eat, but now researchers have determined that there is likely to be a sixth sense - one that detects carbohydrates.

"The mouth is a more capable sensory organ than we currently appreciate, able to distinguish carbohydrates from artificial sweeteners when both taste identical," said Nicholas Gant.
This additional sense also appears to trigger the pleasure centre of the brain, potentially explaining why the consumption of diet food is not as satisfying as the real thing.

Gant believes that the tongue may also possess other senses that we don't currently know about.

"This 'sixth taste sense' for carbohydrate is likely one of many additional food qualities that are detectable by receptors in the mouth," he said.

Source: IBN Live | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
My tongue can sense when an earthquake is coming. You are a highly skilled man.
Comment icon #6 Posted by 6.6.6 8 years ago
My tongue can sense when an earthquake is coming. My toung can sense when its time to brush my teeth
Comment icon #7 Posted by HawkLord 8 years ago
S the tongue has a sixth sense hmm... 'I taste dead people'
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 8 years ago
S the tongue has a sixth sense hmm... 'I taste dead people' I bet it tastes like chicken too.
Comment icon #9 Posted by maximusnow 8 years ago
I always pick the carbs out of my food.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
Patient: My tongue tingles when I touch it to a walnut wrapped in tin foil, what's wrong with me? Doctor: You have too much free time!
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
Fantastic, due to these researchers I will now be able to tell the taste of a potato ! Have these people nothing better to do with the money given to them!!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
Are we sure this isn't the same set of 'researchers' that concluded that Beer Goggles exist in an 'Extensive study'? Seems the kind of waste of time and money they seem to endorse
Comment icon #13 Posted by gatekeeper32 8 years ago
The making of a horror movies "Atkins diet vs the human tongue with sixth sense to carbohydrates" .
Comment icon #14 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
"Scientists Find Tongue is Capable Of Tasting Things. Nobel Prize Expected for Ground-Breaking Work."


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