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What is a Supertaster?

  • Published6 Aug 2013
  • Reviewed6 Aug 2013
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Some people, called "supertasters," have a higher than average number of taste buds and are more sensitive to tastes. Because taste buds are surrounded by pain fibers, supertasters are also more sensitive to the burn from certain foods, such as hot peppers.

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