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age adds flavor


Include a range of colors and combine different textures when preparing food. Adding color and texture to your plate can make a meal more interesting.​ Research has shown that color in food has a big effect on the perceived intensity of flavor.

Alternate bites of different foods during a meal. 

Try a variety of new and diverse food with flavors you are not used to on a regular basis.

Add herbs and spices, like parsley, rosemary, sage, garlic, ginger, or dried tangerine peel.

Use low sodium flavoring agents, such as lemon juice, lime juice, or flavored vinegars.

What we like to eat has a lot to do with our own personal preferences. A favorite of yours might be the smooth taste of chocolate. You may enjoy the sour taste of a good dill pickle or the unique sweet and tart mix of strawberry shortcake.

What we like to eat also has a lot to do with our ability to taste and smell. As we age, these abilities gradually decline. They can diminish so gradually that the changes may not even be that noticeable. It might just seem that we enjoy food less and begin to crave different foods.

Some studies have shown that older people seem to need more intense levels of sweetness for food to actually taste sweet and lesser amounts of a sour flavor to really sense the effect.

​There are a lot of interesting ways to enhance flavor and perk up meals. If your sense of taste has waned, the following flavor enhancers may help.

Our Changing Sense of Taste