We Asked An Expert Why Our Tastes Change As We Get Older And It's All To Do With Survival

Form an orderly queue, ladies and gents…) Sophie says, “When we’re children, we’re really drawn to sweet food. “We’re also adverse to bitter food – children don’t generally like bitter flavours – and we think that’s because of an evolutionary mechanism to protect ourselves from eating anything poisonous, as these things are generally very bitter.” So, it’s basically a case that as soon as we’re old enough to know better than to go around eating poisonous berries, we start enjoying a more varied diet. Makes sense... I’ve never heard a kid say they’re worried that they’re not getting enough vitamins and minerals in their diet, have you? People whodon’t have many receptors for salt, will also be wanting saltier foods, and will be drawn to salty foods.” Frustratingly, much like the rest of the human body, taste buds also start working less effectively when we hit OAP status. So, you might start noticing you need an extra sugar in your tea, or more salt on your food, as your tongue just isn’t working as well as it used to. “As we get into older adulthood, our taste receptors become less sensitive, so older people generally might lose their appetite a little as things don’t taste as delicious, and they might be prone to wanting stronger, sweeter flavours,” Sophie says.