Have you noticed your sense of taste changing as you age? Doctors say certain medications and environmental factors can affect taste. While our mouth has about 9,000 taste buds, it only perceives five elements – sweet, sour, bitter, sale and umami. Our nose helps us distinguish flavors because of its hundreds of olfactory receptors. “If you’re eating strawberry ice cream, your tongue will tell you it’s sweet, but it won’t know the flavor,” said Dr. Erin O’Brien, a rhinologist at Mayo Clinic. “The nose tells us it’s strawberry. That’s the difference between taste and flavor.” If you are suffering from lack of taste and flavor, doctors recommend adding extra herbs and spices or more colorful ingredients to food.