Monday, September 15, 2014

What does "human food" taste like to animals?

Laura Moss, a contributor at Mother Nature Network published a fun article about food and if "human food" taste the same to animals as they do to us.  According to the article, the ability to taste certain flavors varies with each type of animal.

The number of taste buds differs by species. Humans have about 10,000:

  • Birds generally have very few taste buds. For example, chickens have only about 30.
  • Dog's have around 1,700, while cats average just under 500.
  • Herbivores (cows and pigs) have humans beat. Cows have around 25,000 while pigs have 14,000.
  • Catfish have more than 100,000 taste buds that line their body and are concentrated around their mouths.
Read more the full article on MNN.

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