Written for: Carpe Diem #909, Sweetness
Hamish on Sweetness
Who does not have a sweet tooth! Sweetness could be said to be the sense that ensured our survival up to today… our ancient primate ancestors in their natural settings looked for sweetness intensity in the plants and berries they ate. Sweetness intensity indicated energy intensity. while bitterness indicated toxicity. Our high sweetness detection threshold and low bitterness detection threshold predisposed our primate ancestors to seek out sweet-tasting (and energy-dense) foods and avoid bitter-tasting foods.
She could not eat sweets
like creamy pineapple flan–
but shared her old recipe