We’re all familiar with sweet, salty, bitter and sour tastes. But how many of us have heard of Umami? What kinds of foods can you find this taste in?
Chef Elliot Prag of the Natural Gourmet Institute shows Sunita Reed how to make shiitake mushrooms taste like bacon and bring out their Umami flavor. Why do you think this recipe works this way? What is happening with your taste buds?
Researchers have linked a specific gene difference to consuming more sugary foods. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, they even uncovered how the sweet tooth gene likely affects sugar intake. Do you think that this is really a genetic defect, or could there be a reason certain people feel the need for more sugar?
The male narrator focuses on the structures of the olfactory membrane such as the receptor cells, cilia, and olfactory glands by using simple illustrations with arrows the appropriate times. How is smell information passed from the nostril cavity to the brain? What is the function of the Bowmans glands?
This short clip follows nicely after the clip above. In a similar fashion to the previous clip, the narrator reviews how air passes the olfactory membrane to the cranial nerves, and eventually to the olfactory cortex. Imagine you are blindfolded and someone places an object under your nose. You are asked to identify it. Suppose you correctly identified […]
Did you know that a cats sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than humans? This short clip gives many facts about a cats olfactory senses, especially in comparison with humans. What is the difference between macrosmatic and microsmatic? What are cats? What are humans? Why is this difference important?
This is the opening scene from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (The soundtrack has been replaced.) A note on YouTube from the person who uploaded it says Try and immerse yourself in the chocolaty aromas . . . Did you find that your olfactory system was affected by watching this video? Why or why […]
In this clip from Brainiac Science, an experiment is conducted: Will a blindfolded woman be most attracted to a man who smells of pheromones (or, in this case, a synthetic substitute), one who smells of aftershave, or one who smells of sweat? How scientific do you think the results of this experiment are? What are pheromones? How […]
Reporter Hart Seely of The Post-Standard attacks the New York State Fair, armed only with an olfactometer. His goal is to measure the different smells. He smells several locations around the fair, including the chicken coops, pig pens, and barbecue pit. What do the different odor units mean? Why might it be important to test your sense of […]
This short documentary follows the lives of two people who suffer from Anosmia they have lost the ability to be able to smell. Each of the people featured in this video lost their sense of smell in different ways. In addition to the ways featured here a virus and nasal polyps what are some causes of anosmia? How […]