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Your senses and food. Our senses. We all like and dislike different food and drinks. Our senses help us decide what we like and dislike. What food and drinks do you like? Why?. Our senses. There are 5 senses that help us:. sight. hearing. smell. taste. touch. Which sense?.

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Our senses

We all like and dislike different food and drinks.

Our senses help us decide what we like and dislike.

What food and drinks do you like?

Why?


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Our senses

There are 5 senses that help us:

sight

hearing

smell

taste

touch


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Which sense?

Which part of the body helps?

sight

hands and mouth

hearing

ears

smell

tongue

touch

nose

taste

eyes


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Sight

Our eyes let us see the size, shape and colour of the food or drink.

If it does not look good, you might not eat it!


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Sight

Helpful describing words:

stringy firm dry

heavy flaky crumbly

flat crisp lumpy

fizzy fluffy smooth

hard mushy dull

cuboid sticky fragile


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Sight

Describe how these foods look.


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Smell

Our nose lets us smell food and drink.

Some foods smell strong, like strong Cheddar cheese.

Smell and taste work together.

This is why people with a blocked nose find it hard to taste food.


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Smell

Helpful describing words

aromatic fresh spicy

floral bland tainted

perfumed bitter savoury

rotten sweet citrus

strong mild fragrant

musty weak scented


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Smell

How would these foods smell?


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Hearing

Our ears let us hear the sound of food being prepared, cooked, served and eaten.

Gulp!

Slurp!

Crunch!

Sizzle!


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Hearing

What sounds would these foods make?


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Taste

Our tongue can detect five basic tastes:

bitter

salt

sour

sweet

umami


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What is umami?

Umami is a savoury taste, often known as the fifth taste.

It was discovered by Dr Kikumae Ikeda, from Tokyo Imperial University, Japan, in 1908.

Umami has its own distinct savoury taste, often associated with ripe tomatoes and cheese.


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Basic tastes

Food examples of the basic tastes include:

bitter

salt

sour

sweet

umami


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Taste

Useful describing words:

sweet cool bitter

zesty warm hot

sour sharp rich

bland rotten tart

strong citrus mild

umami tangy salty

savoury spicy


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Taste

Describe the taste of these foods.


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Touch

The sense of touch tells you about the texture of food, e.g. smooth, rough, crunchy.

Your hands, mouth and tongue all help.

The mouth also detects temperature of food, e.g. cold icecream, warm bread, hot soup.


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Touch

Useful describing words:

brittle rubbery short

stodgy bubbly gritty

sandy mushy tender

soft firm flaky

crisp fluffy crumbly

lumpy smooth hard

sticky chalky grainy


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Touch

What words would you use to describe these foods?


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For further information, go to:

www.foodafactoflife.org.uk


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