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Last updated at 14:44 GMT, Monday, 19 March 2012

Express English: Sweet or savoury?

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The Express English team

This is what some people in London told us:

One person said when he was young he had a sweet tooth, but as he got older, he prefered savoury food more.

Another said sometimes she has a craving for sweet things.

Someone suggested that the colour of food can play an important part in people's choice of food, and for him sweet food wins.

Did you know?


Tastes and flavours

For you to enjoy the full flavour of a sizzling Sunday roast or a rich chocolate mousse, you need more than your basic tastes. You also require your sense of smell. If you have a cold, the lining of your nose swells and you temporarily lose your sense of smell. Even though your tongue is still able to identify the basic tastes, the food you eat will taste bland.

Additionally, temperature and texture influence how much you appreciate foods. When you eat 'hot' foods like chilli peppers, you actually excite the pain receptors in your mouth.

Language tip

'To have a sweet tooth' usually means someone who likes sweet things and probably couldn't resist a dessert.

Cultural tip

In the UK, you often hear people say 'what's for pudding?' this usually refers to desserts. Popular desserts Brits enjoy include apple crumble, cheese cake, spotted dick and many others.

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