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Academy: Food and the 5 senses
What role do our 5 senses play in our perception of the food we eat?

The aim is to understand the role our five senses play in our relationship to food. When we eat, our sensory organs collect millions of pieces of information, without us even realising. They tell us about the colour, shape, temperature, texture and taste of food to give us a complete picture of it.

1.1 Sight, hearing and touch

What roles do the senses of sight, hearing and touch play in our perception of the food we eat?

In this course, we explore the three senses that tell us about the physical properties of food. Sight gives us a first impression of the food we eat and lets us decide if it is edible or not. Hearing tells us about external sounds as well as the sounds inside our mouths. Touch comes into play when we pick up a piece of food or put it in our mouths.

1.1. Eating with your eyes

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

1.1.2 The ear – 30 000 receptors help you hear

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

1.1.3 Touch with your hands and mouth

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

1.2 Smell and taste

Odours, tastes and aromas... a dance of molecules: Their role and how they work.

This course explains how chemical molecules in food activate our olfactory and gustative organs to give food tastes, odours and aromas.

1.2.1 Odours and aromas – What’s the difference?

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

1.2.2 Olfactory perception

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

1.2.3 Taste buds

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1.2.4 Four… or more tastes?

Vidéo    Download the lesson (pdf)=>    8-10 years old    11-13 years old    14-16 years old    

Alimentarium Academy