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Re: Ask a Scientist

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Is everyone's sense of taste and smell exactly the same? For example, my other half absolutely loathes the taste and smell of coriander and can detect its presence in small concentrations in cooking. She's not the only one - I've encountered a few people that don't like coriander. From my part, I despise marzipan - it just smells wrong, and I'm puzzled as to how people can enjoy eating it. I've heard talk of poison avoidance responses and people's reactions being potentially due to their body thinking that they are eating something that could be poisonous. Is there any truth to that?

In a not unrelated vein, how do some artificial flavours like cherry (for example Dr Pepper) and banana smell absolutely nothing like the original article?
Genes and diseases are the explanations to your question.

https://www.europeanreview.org/wp/wp.../1305-1321.pdf
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