Taste

The number of taste buds varies widely from person to person but does not decline with age. Taste perception and the perceived flavor of foods decrease, but this is affected by many factors, including diminishing smell, age-related changes in the olfactory system, the integration of the central nervous system, medication, oral hygiene, and nutrition (Figure 4). Inadequate intakes of zinc, copper, nickel, and some vitamins have been associated with decreased perception of flavor of food.

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