It has come to pass recently that we’ve discovered that I may be a “supertaster“. I have almost all the hallmarks – cooked cabbage, brussels sprouts and kale make me gag (although I can eat raw cabbage). I dislike beer and several other forms of alcoholic beverages, eschewing them only for sweet mixed drinks. I can’t stand the taste of coffee. Soy products often give me a burning sensation in my mouth when I consume them. Although I love grapefruit juice and tonic water, it is the sheer intensity of the flavour that I like so much. I had no idea that three-quarters of the population didn’t drink grapefruit juice and go “OH YEAH… WHAT A RUSH!”
We’ve wondered if it was something that could be passed along to the kids. We thought perhaps my daughter was a supertaster, too, as she sometimes decides that a food she liked “tastes funny” and won’t eat it again. It’s hard to tell, though, as she seems to have some very mild Aspie traits she’s inherited from her mother (the discussion of mild Asperger’s/Autism probably could take a year of posts, so I won’t elaborate at the moment). So – it could be that she tastes things more intensely. Or it could be that she just simply has an internal on/off switch for certain foods when the mood strikes her.
A friend bought me a bottle of vitamin water today. I’ve had it before. I’ve never liked it. This was a different brand, so I decided to try it.
It tastes awful. HORRIBLE. It tastes like chemicals. I’m sure it tastes like the urine of someone who takes a lot of medications… that will surely be confirmed if I am ever inclined to taste urine. Read the rest of this entry »