When people are asked what factors influence their food choices, ‘taste’ is always among the top three responses. People like food that tastes good—this statement seems so obvious that I feel a bit silly mentioning it. What is less apparent is that when people talk about taste, they are really referring to flavour.
Humans are only able to detect five tastes—sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury (umami). In contrast, we are able to detect hundreds of different smells. Flavour is the combination of taste, smell and other physical sensations in the mouth. Salt is added to all kinds of prepared foods to improve their flavour.+ MORE