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7 superhuman senses

By: Sidney Stevens on Aug. 8, 2019, 6:25 p.m.
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Super tasters

About 25 percent of people have significantly more taste buds on their tongues, allowing them to savor flavors up to three times more intensely. Not surprisingly, there’s an upside and downside to this taste hypersensitivity: Super tasters (aka picky eaters) have less heart disease and are thinner because they don’t usually like the taste of fatty and sugary foods, but may also be more prone to certain cancers because they tend to shun green vegetables as well (particularly bitter kinds like Brussels sprouts and cabbage).