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How Many Taste Buds Do Humans Have?


A young person has a total of about 10,000 taste buds. They can be found both on and under the tongue, on the roof of the mouth and cheeks, and even on the lips!

This number falls by middle age to about 8,000, and in older age to nearer 5,000. This is partly why older people say that ‘food today have less taste than when I was young’.

Some people have fewer than 1,000 taste buds while others possess more than 20,000.

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