The Gustatory Sensory System

Taste is also known as the Gustatory system.  This system allows us to recognise  five basic taste sensations: sweet, bitter, salty, sour and savoury. Our sense of taste gives us the ability to respond to food that provides us with the nutrients our bodies need to survive. The sense of taste and smell work together to detect chemicals in the air and in food. This detection allows us to determine if a food, a drink or something in the environment is safe or not. Our taste buds are located all over our mouth but are predominantly on the tongue.