How saliva changes the flavor of food

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Saliva is more than just a convenient way to moisten our food – it plays a major role in how we taste and perceive what we eat. Scientists have found that saliva interacts with food, influencing the flavors and even our enjoyment of it. In some cases, it can even change how we experience an aroma or texture. For example, it can affect the intensity of a wine flavour and it creates a layer on the surface of the mouth to mask astringency. It can also shape our food preferences, as proteins in saliva can cause us to become more tolerant of bitter flavours. Read full article here

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