How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

If you’re a foodie, you might be interested to know if you’re a supertaster. Super tasters experience more intense flavors when they eat because they have an increased amount of taste receptors on their tongues. You can see how many taste receptors you have by using food dye and counting them. Or, if you’re old enough to drink, swirling wine around your tongue will also increase their visibility. You might also take note of how you experience certain flavors (although that’s not a sure-fire test). Only 25% of people in the world are supertasters, but you could be one of them!

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Using Blue Food Dye Download Article

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Place 3 to 4 drops of blue food coloring onto your tongue. Swirl the dye onto your tongue a little to make sure it coats the entire top of your tongue. The food dye will help the small bumps (papillae) stand out from the surface of your tongue.

  • You can also use green food dye—just avoid using red or pink, as it’s too close to the color of your tongue.
  • If you don’t have any food dye (and if you’re of legal drinking age), swirl red wine in your mouth. Red wine contains acids and sugars that stimulate the taste receptors on your tongue.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Put a hole-punch reinforcement sticker onto your tongue. Stick out your tongue and place the hole-punch sticker on the top of your tongue toward the front. Since your tongue is wet, it may not stick, but place it on the top and tilt your head so it stays in place.

  • If you don’t have a hole-punch reinforcement sticker, cut a piece of lined paper into a small strip that includes 1 hole punch. Lay that on the front area of your tongue instead.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Use a magnifying glass and a flashlight to see the papillae better. Lean into a mirror and shine a flashlight onto your tongue. Position the magnifying glass at an angle between your face and the mirror where you can see your tongue reflected in the mirror.

  • If you don’t have a magnifying glass, you can also use a magnifying mirror.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Count the number of bumps inside the circular sticker. Hold your tongue very still and count how many bumps you see inside the circular sticker. Regular tasters have about 15 to 30, but if you have more than 30, you’re a supertaster!

  • If you have a friend, family member, or roommate around, ask them to help you count the bumps or double-check your tally.
  • If you’re using a strip of paper and red wine, place it on your tongue toward the back (where you see larger lumps). If you have more than 8 lumps, you’re a supertaster.

Method 2 of 2: Tasting Foods and Drinks Download Article

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Notice if you tend to avoid naturally bitter foods and drinks. Bitterness is detected at the back of the tongue, where large lumps of papillae are located. Supertasters have lots of these lumps, causing bitterness to be exacerbated. If you avoid these foods because they taste so bitter to the point of disgust, you could be a supertaster. Some of the naturally bitter foods supertasters avoid are:

  • Coffee
  • Dark chocolate
  • Non-sweetened alcoholic beverages (like gin and tonics)
  • Beer (IPAs, bitter pale-ales)

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Eat green vegetables to see if they taste sour. Spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens can taste overly bitter and off-putting to supertasters. If you purposefully avoid these foods for that reason, you might be a supertaster.

  • Keep in mind that if you avoid these foods just because you don’t like them, that doesn’t make you a supertaster.
  • Eat the greens raw or cooked with little to no oil and seasoning to let the natural flavor of each vegetable come through.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Try spicy foods and note how you react. Since supertasters experience flavors more intensely than regular tasters, spicy peppers will be extremely spicy—even to the point of pain. That’s because supertasters also have more pain receptors on the tongue (in addition to more papillae).

  • If you avoid jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, tabasco peppers, cayenne, or hot sauce because you experienced pain, that could be a sign that you’re a supertaster.
  • If you like the burn of spicy foods, you might still be a supertaster—you’ve just conditioned yourself to like the sensation.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Eat cilantro to see if it tastes soapy. For normal tasters, cilantro tastes fresh and citrusy. But if you’re a supertaster, it might taste soapy or metallic. Eat fresh-picked cilantro leaves or dried cilantro to see how you respond.

  • Some supertasters think cilantro tastes bitter as well.

How to Tell if You're a Super Taster

Notice if you perceive foods to be over-seasoned on a regular basis. If you regularly find yourself judging food as too salty, too peppery, or too heavy on the spices, you might have more taste receptors on your tongue than the average eater. It may seem like you’re just a picky eater, when really, you could be a supertaster!

  • However, this isn’t a sure-fire sign because it could be that you just like lightly-seasoned foods.

Warnings

  • Brush your teeth as soon as possible after doing the test with blue food dye. Food dyes will stain your teeth for about 2 hours without brushing. Thanks! Helpful 2 Not Helpful 0

Things You’ll Need

Using Blue Food Dye

  • Magnifying glass
  • Flashlight
  • Blue food dye
  • Hole punch reinforcement stickers
  • Mirror (or a friend to count for you)
  • Lined notebook paper (optional)
  • Red wine (optional)

Tasting Foods and Drinks

  • Bitter foods and drinks: coffee, dark chocolate, non-sweetened alcoholic beverages, beer (IPA)
  • Green vegetables: spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens
  • Spicy foods: jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, tabasco peppers, cayenne, or hot sauce
  • Cilantro (fresh or dried)
News Related

OTHER NEWS

McDonald's Pledges to Rid Happy Meals of Plastic Toys by 2025

© Aleks822/Shutterstock Remember how McDonald’s was pretty much responsible for popularizing the use of single-use plastic in fast-food restaurants? Well don’t worry, little chickens, because Daddy McD, guilty of doing ... Read more »

A Celeb-Approved L.A. Hot Chicken Chain Makes Its Houston Debut This Week

© Dave’s Hot Chicken Drake-endorsed Dave’s Hot Chicken will open its first Houston location this weekend Dave’s Hot Chicken, a popular Nashville-style hot chicken chain that counts rapper Drake and ... Read more »

Inside Bar Chinois, a Scene-y New Spot for Dim Sum and Cocktails Full of French Spirits

© Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. The green neon sign in the men’s bathroom at Bar Chinois tells customers what they’re in for, even if many of them won’t be able to ... Read more »

At Long Last, the Michelin Guide Announces Bib Gourmands for California in 2021

© Albert Law It’s been a long hiatus from any updates to the Michelin dining guide. The Michelin stars for fine dining and more informal and affordable Bib Gourmands were ... Read more »

A New Vision Emerges at Sightglass Hollywood, 18 Months Into the Pandemic

© Kort Havens Breakfast sandwich at Sightglass in Hollywood. Popular all-day option Sightglass in Hollywood is readying for a whole new chapter, though from the outside it may seem like ... Read more »

The Family Behind Maker's Mark Has Opened Their House for Overnight Stays

© Provided by Food & Wine Courtesy of The Samuels House Whiskey lovers have plenty of places to vacation. We’ve covered whiskey-themed hotels in London, New York, and Los Angeles, ... Read more »

Oregon City Brewing Is Planning a Sprawling Taproom and Food Hall in Canby

© Getty/Eater Oregon City Brewing Will Open a New Location in Canby Oregon City Brewing is opening a massive new taproom in the former Canby Public Library. The Canby Beer ... Read more »

Rossi's, the River North Dive Bar, Mandates Vaccines for Customers

© Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago Rossi’s has a new policy. Rossi’s Liquors, one of the few dive bars left in Downtown Chicago, is requiring customers to show proof of a COVID-19 ... Read more »

Metro Detroit's Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings, Fall 2021

© Gerard + Belevender Union Assembly The pandemic is far from over, and most restaurants are crippled by a shortage of workers. This fall, however, the restaurant scene seems to ... Read more »

Sami & Susu Channels a 60s Cartoon but Its Food Is the Real Deal

© Provided by Eater Sami & Susu’s chicken schnitzel comes with tahini, zhoug, and a lemon wedge. New York is filled with countless chains and delis where one can find ... Read more »

Sami & Susu Channels a 1960s Cartoon, but Its Food Is the Real Deal

© Provided by Eater Sami & Susu’s chicken schnitzel comes with tahini, zhoug, and a lemon wedge. New York is filled with countless chains and delis where one can find ... Read more »

Michelin Guide Bestows Bib Gourmand Status on Five San Diego Restaurants

© Shutterstock Five San Diego area restaurants have been selected to Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand category, a designation given by its inspectors to “good quality, good value restaurants” that, according ... Read more »

Cause of the Fire That Destroyed Mt. Charleston Lodge Ruled Undetermined

© Mt. Charleston Lodge/Facebook Mt. Charleston Lodge. A Clark County Fire Department official says that the cause of the fire that completely destroyed the Mt. Charleston Lodge remains undetermined, but ... Read more »

Making Breadcrumbs At Home Could Not Be Easier

© Getty Images Breadcrumbs add a tasty crunch to a number of dishes. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of how to actually make breadcrumbs and panko breadcrumbs. Making ... Read more »

Netizens ask why so cheesy?

You may have steered clear of cheesy pick-up lines in the past, but you can’t avoid grated cheese on your next plate of pav bhaji. With appetizing and ‘gratest’ #cheesegoals ... Read more »

I tried Disney World's Dole Whip for the first time, and it was one of the best desserts I've ever eaten

© Amanda Krause/Insider A pineapple-and-vanilla swirl Dole Whip at Disney World. Amanda Krause/Insider I visited Disney World in August and tried Dole Whip for the first time ever. I absolutely ... Read more »

15 of the best wine subscription boxes, from Virgin Wines to Savage Vines

© Littlewine littlewine bottles.jpg The silver lining of the sad news that lockdown is here and pubs can’t even serve a takeaway pint?  You can spend all the cash you ... Read more »

Magnolia S'pore new luscious strawberry milk (S$3.95) tastes like strawberry Chupa Chups

© Provided by Mothership Magnolia Singapore recently launched a new addition to its variety of flavoured milk—the Luscious Strawberry Low Fat Milk. The limited-edition dairy product is labelled 25 per ... Read more »

‘Great British Bake Off' Cake Week Was One Big Meme Generator

© Great British Bake Off Contestant Crystelle with Paul, Prue, and Noel. Welcome to the Eater round-up of Great British Bake Off 2021, as Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, ... Read more »

This Is The Only Stuffing Recipe You'll Ever Need

A good stuffing makes or breaks Christmas dinner. Here’s what you need to know to make a crowd-pleaser. What even is stuffing? At its simplest, stuffing is a seasoned bread ... Read more »

These Bake Off Memes Perfectly Portray The Stress Of Episode 1

The Great British Bake Off 2021 is back and we are absolutely thrilled to finally be meeting the contestants and getting to know them in the tent and on social ... Read more »

This Is The Only Cheesecake Recipe You'll Ever Need

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that’s amazingly classic—making one kinda feels like a rite of passage. Mainly, because it takes SO long to make one from start to finish. ... Read more »

Small Appliances To Change The Way You Cook

© Provided by Yummy PH Cooking can be intimidating enough without a recipe telling you that you need a special tool, gadget, or appliance to make a delicious dish. For ... Read more »

Save Oven Space And Make This Insanely Good Slow Cooker Stuffing

Utilising your slow cooker is one of the best ways to keep your oven free for the major players like turkey and pie. Keep a few things in mind when ... Read more »

McDonald's pledged to phase out its plastic Happy Meal Toys, but environmental experts say the company's real problem is its use of beef

© Provided by INSIDER McDonald’s plans to “drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. Dee-Ann Durbin/AP Photo McDonald’s has pledged to phase out the use ... Read more »

Prue Leith avoids weight gain on Bake Off by adopting this extreme tactic

© Provided by Evoke.ie It’s the one question that has baffled potential star bakers and all of us at home forever: how on earth do the Bake Off judges get ... Read more »

FSSAI launches logo for vegan foods; know more about it here

© Provided by The Indian Express Considering the rise in veganism and, as such, the consumption of vegan food products, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has ... Read more »

Woah, Koko Krunch Now Comes As Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereals

© Provided by Yummy PH When you don’t have the time to cook breakfast, there’s absolutely no shame in grabbing a box of your favorite cereal, a carton of milk ... Read more »

LIST: Pampanga Restaurants And Cafés Where You Can Park + Dine

© Provided by Yummy PH Eating inside the confinements of your car, with or without the company of family and friends, is one of the safer options that allows you to ... Read more »

Chocolate banana cupcake with Nutella frosting recipe

© Provided by Yummy PH Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and a nutty chocolate frosting just made a simple banana cupcake recipe even more irresistible! © Provided by Yummy PH Prep ... Read more »

Tired of Food Delivery? Try These 6 Simple Tricks To Enjoy Cooking Again

PHOTO: UNSPLASH/TOA HEFTIBA PHOTO: UNSPLASH/TOA HEFTIBA We all want good, healthy food that’s easy to get our hands on. Hence the popularity of food delivery, not to mention the wide ... Read more »

Where to watch the 2021 AFL grand final in Perth: Pubs and bars where you can watch the game in style

Perth’s biggest pub is getting ready for its biggest ever day of trading ahead of WA’s history-making AFL grand final match. There will be 20,000 litres of chilled beer, 25 ... Read more »

Chef Gaggan Anand to host a two month pop-up in Singapore

© Provided by Lifestyle Asia This just in: Chef Gaggan Anand, also known as “the world’s most successful Indian chef”, will be opening a two-month pop-up in Singapore from 3 ... Read more »

Popular eatery Hjh Maimunah closes outlets after Covid-19-related incident

The eatery currently has two branches – in Jalan Pisang and Joo Chiat – and also runs catering services. SINGAPORE – Popular nasi padang restaurant Hjh Maimunah has temporarily closed ... Read more »

Best Decaf Coffee

© Credits: Image by Moyo Studio on iStock Shot of a young woman using a smartphone and having coffee in the kitchen at home. Many of us love a good ... Read more »

The True Story Of Thanksgiving Isn't The One You Learned In School

© Boston Globe – Getty Images We looked at the “real” origin story behind Thanksgiving and why many Native Americans don’t like it and don’t observe it. Most Americans are ... Read more »