Humans may be able to taste calcium

August 20, 2008 2:20:56 PM PDT
If you taste something chalky in your food, that just might be calcium. A new study found that mice can taste calcium, and since humans and mice share many of the same genes, humans may be able to detect the nutrient as well.

If the findings are true, it could impact changes to make calcium-rich foods more tasty.

Calcium has a bitter, chalky taste to it. It's found in foods like brussel sprouts, spinach and collards.

Scientists also hope the study will help prevent diseases like osteoporosis.