How does human taste work?

Find out how taste buds and our sense of smell work together to tell us what we're eating.

How does it work?

  • The tongue is covered in lots of little bumps.
  • These bumps have tiny taste buds that tell the taste of anything they touch.
  • The tongue sends that information to the brain.
  • The brain then works out what we are tasting!

There are five main tastes:

  • sweet
  • sour
  • savoury
  • salty
  • bitter

Which one is your favourite? Do you like all of them?