Health: Turbocharge Your Taste

When flavor falls flat, the problem may lie not in the food but in a waning ability to taste and smell

It is an affliction that can lead to undereating, overeating, food or gas poisoning, depression, even death. More than three-quarters of us will suffer from it by the time we reach our 80s. But the good news is that in some cases this affliction--the loss of taste or smell, which together enable us to savor food--can be treated. And even when these senses can't be restored, there are ways to compensate.

As common as the loss of taste or olfactory sensitivity is, people are often unaware that they are suffering from it. "If your vision goes, you say, 'My vision isn't...

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