Stomach’s Sweet Tooth

Stomach’s Sweet Tooth

Turns out taste is not just for the tongue

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 09:32 AM March 11, 2010

People deceive their taste buds every day — a dash of Sweet'N Low in the coffee, perhaps, a diet soda or a stick of sugarless gum. These little white lies seem to cover up harmless, even healthy choices. After all, fooling the mouth with artificial sweeteners provides a fix without the calories or the cavities. But these sweeteners aren’t just tricking the taste buds on the tongue.

Taste, scientists are discovering, is a whole-body sensation. There are taste cells in the stomach, intestine a...

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