Taste Test Trivia #2
3. Why do meals on an airplane taste bad?
Being on a plane affects our taste and smell senses. The dry air on a plane makes our mouths dry and noses stuffy meaning interfering with the moist media in which molecules from food or drink dissolve. Basically, our taste and smell senses receptors don’t detect food molecules properly.
5. Food scientists have discovered that peanut butter can be turned into what?
Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitute in Germany have discovered that peanut butter can be turned into diamonds! All you need is to extract the oxygen from the carbon dioxide found in the peanut spread, and then enact immense pressure on the carbon left behind.
6. People thought that what fruit used to be poisonous?
In 18th century Europe, the tomato was nicknamed "the poison apple," because aristocrats would oftentimes get sick and die after eating them. Little did they know that the explanation had to do with their choice of tableware, not the tomatoes.
9. What gives food its flavour?
You detect smell when volatile chemicals travel into your nose as you put food in your mouth. At the same time, the tongue and mouth detect 5 basic tastes which combine with the smell to give food its flavour.