Is it true we have taste buds in our stomachs? (Thinkstock)
Is it true we have taste buds in our stomachs?
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You asked us, is it true that we have taste buds in our stomachs?

Not only do we have taste receptors on our tongues and in our tummies, they're showing up in our intestines and lungs.

But let's go back a few steps. There are thousands of taste buds in our mouths, each with 50 to 150 cells that sense chemicals. Eat something sweet or salty, bitter, sour or full of umami meaty goodness and these receptor cells send signals to our brain. They tell us what we're tasting.

A similar chemical detection system is at play in other parts of our body. Receptors are on the lookout for specific tastes, like bitter or sweet. We don't yet have a good understanding of what most of these taste receptors do or how they work, but we're getting closer.

And unlocking these mysteries could lead to new treatments for conditions like diabetes, asthma and even infertility. That sounds pretty sweet to my ears.

For more stories like this, check us out every day at Smithsonian.com.

Critical thinking challenge: How do we know where our taste buds are?


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COMMENTS (4)
  • ISAIAHD-Woo
    6/03/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    I think that this topic is a very interesting, because I never even new anything about. Also I think that it is very cool to, I would love to learn more about it. It would be a good topic to research on it was interesting for me and it would keep me occupied to.

  • lesliew219
    6/09/2015 - 02:01 p.m.

    We know where out taste buds are because that's how we taste food sometimes I taste something i ate in my stomach which odd because i didn't know we had taste buds in out stomach until now.

  • sergiolo.antonio
    7/10/2015 - 05:37 p.m.

    In our body, there are different elements that detect what enters and leaves our body, in this case, if we could say we have a "taste" in our stomach. They are receptors that detect the food that goes into our stomach and be absorbed by the gastric juice and get energy for our body.
    In my opinion, not only is food that detects body also blood type (compatible or not), bacteria, viruses, among other things. Our body is able to detect and accept or reject everything that enters our body, anywhere, whether in our movement, our nervous system, immune system, among others.
    Responding to the question, I think every thing we savored is through the mouth, we feel that tasting, and conclude that they must be there. The other would be that those who study in the area of ??health, know exactly where they are, through our tongue.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    9/15/2015 - 09:15 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting that we have taste buds in our stomachs. We also have taste buds in our lungs and intestines. Our taste buds are really important to us and help us a lot. If we didn't have them, we wouldn't know how something tastes like. I think that it will be helpful to us if we solve the mysteries of our taste buds because it can also help us to cure some diseases.

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