29 Sep '14, 5pm

Question of the day?!? - Do foods taste the same to animals as they do to us?

Question of the day?!? - Do foods taste the same to animals as they do to us?

Animals see and smell the world differently than we do, and research shows that even the foods we eat taste different across different palates. While vertebrates all have tongues, the number of taste buds differs by species. And just as the strength of our sense of smell depends on the number of olfactory receptors, a species' taste sensitivity depends on how many taste buds it has. Birds generally have very few taste buds. For example, chickens have only about 30. Humans, on the other hand, have about 10,000. Man's best friend has around 1,700, while cats average just under 500. But herbivores like cows and pigs have even humans beat. Cows have around 25,000 while pigs have 14,000. "Herbivores have so many taste buds because they need to be able to tell if a specific plant contains dangerous toxins," according to Dr. Susan Hemsley , a veterinary science professor at the U...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/do-foods...

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