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Does being nervous alter the cook's taste perceptions?

The folk wisdom "an unpleasant experience leaves a sour taste in the mouth" is physiologically valid because tension increases acidity in the mouth. A cook who is sampling a dish to adjust the seasonings should keep that in mind if, for example, he is anxious about the meal's success or he just had a stressful argument. Foods will taste tarter than they really are.

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