Have you ever developed a taste for something? I developed a taste for black coffee and cottage cheese. I just kept at it until those two things began to taste good to me.
Have you ever lost your taste for something you used to like? The only times I can think of this happening to people is if they got sick on that food and then from there on they didn't want it anymore.
Why is it so much easier to develop a taste for sweets than it is to develop a taste for vegetables? I know when we start babies on solid food we start with vegetables first because if we start with fruits the baby won't want the vegetables. We have to develop a taste for vegetables but sweets are an automatic "like".
When we have a bad memory we will say "it left a bad taste in my mouth". I think green tea tastes like grass smells. The sense of smell and the sense of taste are very closely linked. The appearance of a food is also important to our liking it or rejecting it. We evaluate how it looks, then how it smells, and then we eat unless it it something we are accustomed to and already know we like it - we don't need to see it or smell it - we skip those two steps and go right to chow time. Sometimes we don't even taste it much because we are eating so fast. Remember the stomach cannot taste so chew the food, taste it, and enjoy it. Once it is swallowed, the taste is gone and we have to take another bite to get the enjoyment again.
What we refer to as taste is actually a combination of taste, smell, touch and other factors such as temperature. All together these sensations create flavor. As we eat, our taste buds' receptions also react to a food's odor and both the taste and smell combined allow us to identify what we are eating. Lacking a sense of smell, we wouldn't be able to tell sweet from bitter, and we would not be able to recognize other flavors. We therefore wouldn't be able to tell the difference between foods. My former principal was a very obese man and had to have a tumor removed in his brain and he lost a lost of weight because he said it had affected his sense of taste so he didn't enjoy food much.
We have all heard the phrase, "It's all in your head". Have you ever known someone who said he/she didn't like a food and had never tasted it? Have you ever heard the saying "hunger is the best seasoning". Food tastes really good when we are truly hungry. As we fill up, it isn't so appealing. We overeaters go ahead and eat though; we know we like it, and we want to eat.