How do we determine what is food and what is not food? Is our ability to recognize a food ingredient simply a learned behavior, or is it the result of evolutionary capacities to recognize signals from our environment? In this episode, I explore the concepts of sensory experiences with foods as they relate to chemical signals in the environment. I review some of the major classes of plant natural products that impact both the ways that we experience foods and the pharmacological effects that they illicit in the body.
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