How do you feel about beer? Have you ever wondered why you love it and others can’t bring themselves to enjoy a ‘cold one’? There might be more to it than you think.
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, there are several studies which have revealed reasons why some people enjoy beer and others don’t. Ranging from instincts to even our genetics, here’s what you need to know.
What is the reason?
After-hours doctors say that it all comes down to genetics. Your genetics influence how your brain chooses to process the taste of foods and beverages.
Our bodies are able to pick up 5 distinct tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savoury. Taste is picked up from the 2,000 – 5,000 taste buds located on our tongue and around the roof and cheeks of our mouth. The thousands of taste receptors in your mouth is why some of us love and others hate beer.
The bitter taste of beer specifically targets our evolutionary wiring, intended to keep you away from any potentially dangerous foods.
Researches have concluded through a study published in the Journal of Chemosensory Perception, that the “Bitter taste is considered a warning system for poisoning. Many toxic compounds appear to taste bitter; yet, toxicity seems not to be directly correlated with the taste threshold concentrations of bitter compounds.”
The body’s use of this warning mechanism will be stronger for some, and weaker for others. The strength of the reaction determines whether a not someone will enjoy or dislike particular tastes, such as beer.
Why are some flavours harder to swallow than others?
Home doctors say that once a flavour has been identified by the thousands of taste receptors in your mouth, it sends the information via nerves to the brain. Each taste has its own specific taste receptors throughout the body.To put this into perspective, the bitter taste alone has 25 different taste receptors.
Some flavours are harder to swallow because of our internal instincts and how our body reacts to the flavour. If a particular person senses more potency in the flavour, the less likely they are to be able to stomach the food or drink.
If our instincts identify a taste as unsafe, our taste buds will choose to reject it as a means to protect our body.