Why Do You Lose Your Taste with a Cold?


You lose your sense of taste with a cold because the nose and tongue work together to create the experience of taste. In essence, when you think you are tasting, it's really your nose doing all the work, taking in molecules of scent. If you cannot smell, you lose the ability to perceive what you eat as you normally would. The tongue tastes only about 20 percent of food.
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