As you age, your food preferences changes.

Philippines
February 2, 2011 7:37pm CST
I am most curious because before, I thought I would never get tired of eating chocolates. I even thought that my parents were crazy for not eating those chocolates I gave them as presents because I was, like, addicted to it. Now it's most strange that I do not like eating chocolate or drink anything that has chocolate. I am not preferring strawberry. I never liked strawberry before. It's so weird! Before, I was addicted to chips and other junk food. Now I do not fancy them anymore. I prefer eating vegetables or food that are healthy. I am not sure what the explanation here. Are our taste buds changing as we age?
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12 responses
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
I also love eating chocolates But I'm actually trying to not to eat to much because I'm having asthma from eating too much chocolates.When I was young, I was also addicted to chips and other junk foods. But now I really don't like them at all. And now I really prefer eating salads, vegetables and healthy foods. Like all the other cells in the body, those special sensory cells that make up the taste buds eventually wear out.
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Wow! So you can relate as well. Is that the explanation though? I'm not really fond of science because I never excel at it. But science facts are really interesting.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
3 Feb 11
Somehow for health purposes in my case. I do love junk food, soda but now I am controlling myself and will always remind myself of eating fruits instead!
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Good to know. Keep it up and stay healthy! Our health is our wealth. :)
@bounce58 (17523)
• Canada
8 Feb 11
I think it is 'mind over matter'. I think that as we grow older, and become more aware of what is good and not good for us, we become selective. And sunconsciously, our minds dictate what to eat, and what not to eat. Although the taste of chocolates may have not changed, but the constant bombardment from our mind that it is not good, somehow affects our taste buds, thus making chocolates less appealing.
• United States
6 Feb 11
You and I have the same food preference as well. As a child I could not get enough of sweets and junk food but now I do not prefer or crave it either. I am a very healthy eater and exercise daily, so I guess it has to do with our change with taste buds and palette.
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
im just turning 23 now. before i dont like fats in porkchop, because its oily but now, i really love eating them. even the "tenga ng baboy" (grilled pig's ear), i really enjoy eating them. i might get hypertension and cholesterols with this habit. :(
@Catana (736)
• United States
3 Feb 11
I know that our taste buds are less sensitive as we get older, and that's why some older people like their food mor heavily spiced or salted. But my tastes have remained pretty much the same all my life. I dislike the same foods I disliked when I was small, and I still like all the foods that I liked when I was young. I suppose it's different for everyone.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
3 Feb 11
Yes , of course , you are right. For one thing, as one ages , one start having teeth problems. Can't bite hard things. For me, I change from meat to seafood, and more and more to vegetables. Oh, chocolate ! That stays on ! Ha ha ! I am a chocolate addict, any thing chocolate, chocolate bars, chocolate milk, ice cream, pudding, cake, and so on. That will not change !
@lira23 (210)
• United States
3 Feb 11
Taste buds change as we age so this is totally normal, I remember liking watermelon and now I absolutely hate it. Kids or children rather crave sweets depending on how they were raised and what they were given when younger, but as we age we know that we need other things like fruits and veggies and that if we do not eat those things our bodies feel badly. Eating right makes us feel better and I think we realize that when we age and our taste buds change for different flavors.
@mermaidivy (15407)
• United States
3 Feb 11
I think that it is true. I remember I hated fish vey much when I was small, then I started to like it when I turned teenagers; and I didn't like any vegetables when I was teenage, I just liked it all in sudden at some point. I think it does change when you get old. My appetite ha changed a lot since I have had my baby as well.
@dadindine (230)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Basically, my food preference changed because I wanted to. I eat more healthy food now 'cos I wanna live longer. :) And I believe that you are what you eat. :)
@lady1993 (21793)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Yes, I agree. Before I didn't like some foods (like raisin, vegetables, etc.) but now that I am older I eat some food that I don't like too. i still love chocolates though- maybe you ate too much of it so you don't want it anymore.
@pogi253 (1587)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Similar to all the other cells in the body, those particular sensory cells that make up the taste buds in time wear out. As we age, the taste buds begin to vanish from the sides and roof of the mouth, leaving taste buds mostly on our tongue. The residual taste buds eventually become less sensitive. Smoking and eating hot liquids can damage them further. Our sense of smell also reduces as we get older, and smell and taste are closely linked.