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Unformatted text preview: Salty, Sour, Sweet, and Umami. Umami is an unusual taste because it is only active with foods high in protein such as foods with monosodium glutamate or M.S.G. Our bodies posses about 10,000 taste buds, but as we get older we usually lose them because of this our sense of taste will get weaker. Elderly people are not the only ones to lose their taste. Each year over 200,000 young people lose their taste before age 50. According to recent research, these people might have lost the sense of taste due to medical conditions such as, common cold, tooth and gum diseases, allergies, ear infections, head injury, tongue infection, tonsil disorder, upper respiratory disorders, nasal and sinus problems, nasal polyps, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, brain tumor, etc....
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