From: The New York Times

Picky Palates

The New York Times:

Q. Why am I such a fussy eater? Does each person have a distinct set of taste buds, or is my fussiness just in my head?

A. Differences in taste buds contribute a bit, but there are many other physical and psychological factors, including body weight, state of mind and disease, that make some people finicky, said David A. Levitsky, professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University.

“We know that people vary rather remarkably in their ability to taste bitter,” he said, with some able to detect bitterness at very low concentrations. “These people, interestingly enough, usually don’t like certain vegetables, particularly the cruciferous vegetables like brussels sprouts, which do have a certain bitterness to them,” he said.

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