Why does everything taste bitter all of a sudden?

Why does everything taste bitter all of a sudden?

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  1. I would give simple example and then give the reply to query. Take fresh oranges extract juice and taste immediately and part of after one hour taste will differ, it might get little bitter or very bitter. Bitterness may vary.
    This happens because when you squeeze oranges it’s oil sacks are damaged they release orange oil which has very sweet aroma but simultaneously this oil is getting oxidises to convert this oil which becomes bitter in taste. Hence this oxidation phenomenon is widely effecting fruits and vegetables, sometimes as color change and sometimes both colour, aroma & taste. Apple , banana , potato all are effected due to this enzymatic oxidation phenomenon.

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  2. Sometimes after an attack of typhoid, para-typhoid, influenza, chicken pox, jaundice, tonsillitis and other cold related fevers we lose our sense of taste. We also lose our sense of salt and sugar tastes as we age.

    Why does everything taste bitter all of a sudden?

    The taste buds which are sensitive to salt, spice and a sweetness shut down temporarily after a sickness. Only the bitter taste can be felt in those days . These bitter taste buds are found at the back area of the tongue. They send messages of a bitter taste to our brain and we respond by disliking the food.
    So whatever we eat feels bitter. Thus we tend to eat lesser and give rest to our digestive system. We also sleep more to help our body to recover faster.
    Some auto immune disorders also cause taste loss in old age. A few medicines given for lowering high BP, for diabetes reduce the taste sensitivity.
    14.5.20
    Added on 26,dec,21.. One of the clear symptom of flu like corona is abrupt change or complete loss of taste and smell. Most people recover in two weeks but a few people take longer. Simple everyday things smell different like Vicks smells of urine, shampoo like cinnamon, pain balm amrutanjan like jackfruit! These are my personal experience after a flu attack this year. It is very irritating to smell wrong or taste things differently. Luckily food didn’t have any string altered smell. I hear some people get gutter smell from food and this hardly ate food or vomited immediately after.

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