Flavor Our taste buds are what allows us to experience flavor of the foods and drinks that we consume. Some people have taste buds that are stronger than others. This is why a food can taste one way to you and another way to me. The combination of foods and drinks can also affect the flavor of it. Most of us have flavors that we really like to add when we cook. This is why there are so many spices available for people to choose from. Some people like their food to be spicier than others do. This is why people have preferences about certain restaurants over others. It is also why they tend to frequent chain restaurants when they travel. They already know what the flavor of the food they order is going to be like when they get it. For many people, the flavor of food is often locked in with the smell of it. For most of us it is the smell that we get first that makes us want to taste it. In most instances we eat due to the smell of the food making us want that flavor rather than for the fact that we are just hungry. Individuals that smoke and drink often find that the flavor of food isn’t the same as it once was. This can sometimes happen when a person is taking medications for an illness. One side effect of such medications is that a metallic taste can be left in the mouth. It can last for several weeks or even months. As a result foods you normally enjoy may taste very different to you. Those that stop drinking alcohol or stop smoking will often find that their taste buds return. Food can have a new enhanced flavor that hasn’t been there for them for a very long time. This is why so many people who do stop using such vices are prone to gaining weight. They eat more than usual just because they love the flavor of it. Children should have the ability to try out new tastes so they can decide for themselves which types of flavors they like and don’t like. Encourage them to try new things with the agreement that they don’t have to finish it if they really don’t like it. If it has been a while since you tried something new order a new flavor off the menu and see what you think of it.