Here are some tips on how to numb your sense of taste.

1. Hold your breath

Your taste buds only recognize six tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami (savoury), and calcium. The rest is in the nose. If you can avoid smelling the food, you’ll avoid a large part of the flavour. Hold your breath or pinch your nostrils.

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© Innovated Captures

2. Drink cold water

Cooling numbs your palate and tones down flavours. If you can drink a glass of cold water right before eating or drinking something unpleasant, you’ll be better off. If you can chill the unpleasant food or drink, that’s even better.

3. Drink a strong alcoholic drink

A drink with a high alcohol concentration (like whiskey at proof strength) anaesthetizes the nose and sears the tongue.

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4. Make a peppermint mouthwash

Pour a bottle of peppermint extract into a small cap. Pour it into your mouth. Coat your tongue with the extract. Spit out the extract and rinse your mouth with cold water. Your taste buds will now be useless for the next hour.

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© Sea Wave

5. Use a straw

If the flavours you’re trying to avoid are in a liquid, use a straw so that you can bypass your tongue. Although this doesn’t actually dull your taste buds, at least it takes them out of the equation. Try to get the liquid straight to your throat without letting any of it spread throughout your mouth.

6. Dry out your mouth

If you take a paper towel and dry out your mouth with it, you can eliminate nearly all of the taste. However, the saliva in your mouth is replenished every few seconds, so eat that food very soon afterwards!

Warning

• If you’re taking medicine, find out whether it’s safe to drink alcohol with it.

• Alcohol can be harmful to your health – always drink responsibly.

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