What are “Supertasters?” It is a relief to me to find out about the new study that refers to salt lovers. These “supertasters” can’t get enough salt. There could be a number of reasons why supertasters enjoy their salt. In some cases it is not just the love of salt, but having a special taste in their tongue for salt.
As a reference article by Annie Scott says, John Hayes, Ph.D., assistant professor of food science at Penn State College indicates that it is sort of like a borderline “super power.”
I am relieved to read about this study. I have been a weird eater my entire life. I have been screamed at by parents and ridiculed by friends. Probably the biggest criticism I get is putting salt on food before I taste it. It is also a craving.
However I taste all other foods differently. Some foods such as sharp cheeses are bitterer to me than other people. My steaks must be rare and no matter how finely cooked they are I need them well-salted.
People who are “supertasters” experience salt and bitterness more intensely than other people.
Have you ever heard of anyone drinking pickle brine? I have done that in order to get enough salt flavors. Sometimes I have been known to salt pickles. I eat watermelon, salt and apples with salt. As I say I am relieved because I always attributed it to the fact that I am Manic Depressive and thought there was a salt deficit. That does not seem to be the case. It seems to be a matter of taste. People who are supertasters usually have a different assortment of taste buds and that is why they taste the way that they do.
The taste buds of a Supertaster can be different in positioning and number. Supertasters can have up to 25,000 taste buds compared to 10,000 for the average person.
Being a supertaster can have its drawbacks. Sometimes when I am having dinner with my wife it can taste fine to her and to me it would be too salty because it has a different type of salt or it just affects my taste buds differently than it does the majority of people who actually enjoy that dish. I remember on our most recent anniversary (number 37) we both got a lasagna dish we love but for some reason I could not endure the seasoning.
I can attest to this study, it’s true. There are people who are super tasters and have a reaction to salt much different than the rest of society.
Because salt can raise blood pressure, it is recommended that supertasters use other seasonings or a salt substitute. I am still working on finding a replacement but so far I have failed.