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Do you taste better with your nose or mouth?

Suitable For

Grade 1



Time Required

 <1 Hour



What’s it about?

Have you ever wondered why you cannot taste your food properly when you have a cold? Usually when you have a cold, your food is tasteless or you may not feel like eating. This phenomenon can be easily investigated and explained by doing the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Salivary gland

What will I need?


Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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The taste of a specific type of food, for example an apple or a steak, is a result of three of your senses at work. These are: Vision (Seeing the food), Smell (Smelling the aroma of the food) and of course Taste. It is especially the smell of food that sets the salivary gland working to produce saliva. The saliva helps to dissolve the food when eaten and only then can it be tasted properly. In this experiment your friend cannot see or smell the food hence very little saliva is produced and makes the tastes of the foods confusing.

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