11-09-2006, 02:16 PM
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It's a close one between taste and smell...but thinking more into it I would probably rather lose taste.
In your nose you have bunch of "olfactory nerves" that pick up the odors and send them to your brain. When you eat something, the odors from your mouth pass up into your nasal cavity, where they stimulate those nerves. The odors can stimulate them thousands more times then the actual food stimulates your taste-buds. Bringing back the idea of the cold and not being able to taste your food, that's mainly because the olfactory system is blocked. I don't think you completely lose your sense of taste though, you can still distinguish between sweet, salty, and bitter.
If I chose to lose taste, it would suck if I got a cold, cuase then I wouldn't be able to smell the taste